November 1, 2006

Trespasser Enters C.U. Apartments

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An intruder entered into at least two apartments of Cornell students on October 15. The trespassing incidents all occurred at 301 College Ave.

One student on the building’s fourth floor was awakened at 5 a.m. by a trespasser who was attempting to remove the covers from her. She said that once the trespasser realized that he had woken her up, he left the room.
Another student in the same apartment was also awakened that night by the trespasser who attempted to enter her room twice.

“I didn’t feel threatened, just confused,” she said.

She described the trespasser as an Asian male in his 20s, wearing glasses. The student said she waited until the next morning to call the police, as she thought the trespasser might have been “just another drunk student.”
On the apartment building’s third floor, two other Cornell students also reported that a trespasser attempted to break into their bedrooms that same night.

Also around 5 a.m., one student said she thought she sensed a person standing in her doorway, but assumed it may have been one of her roommates or a neighbor. After comparing a story with another one of her roommates who also witnessed a similar incident, she called the police several days later.

The Ithaca Police Department officer in charge of the case could not be reached for comment.

In related news, Cornell Police sent out an e-mail last week to members of the Cornell community, reminding them to remain alert and to take precautions, such as locking their doors and securing their valuables.