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Intruder startles woman in Stafford

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A North Stafford woman was startled but unharmed Tuesday after she got out of her shower and saw a strange man in her hallway, police said.

The man left after claiming to be a maintenance worker at the apartment complex, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Bill Kennedy said. The woman called police after the encounter.

The incident took place about 11:30 a.m. on Minuteman Circle off Mine Road. The woman reported that she was in the shower when she heard noises in the home. She came out of the bathroom and saw the man with a large ring of keys on his hip.

She asked him who he was and he left immediately after claiming to be a maintenance worker, Kennedy said. After he left, the woman called the management office and learned that no one fitting the man’s description was working there.

Deputies talked to maintenance workers at the complex who confirmed the man was not part of their crew and was wearing different clothing from the attire they wear.

The intruder was described as a medium-complexioned black man with a short Afro-style haircut. He was wearing a tan button-up work shirt, gray cargo shorts and tan boots.

Deputies searched the area and were unable to find the man.

Nothing was missing from the apartment, and police believe the man entered through an unlocked door, Kennedy said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 540/658-4400 or Crime Solvers at 540/659-2020.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404


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