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French House Break-In Sparks Police Search

Robber fled when student screamed

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Boston University Police are searching for a man who brokeinto the French House at 153 BayState Rd. early Monday morning and attempted tosteal clothing from a closet while two female students slept nearby.

Boston Universitypolice said that at 4 a.m. on Monday they responded to a call from astudent who awoke to find the door to her room wide open and a strange man standingbeside her bed holding a shirt that he had taken from her closet. The student told police thatwhen she sat up in bed and screamed, the intruder grabbed her arm. As shecontinued to scream, she said, the intruder released her, dropped the shirt, andran from the room and out the front door.

An investigation by Boston University Police found mud and water beneath a window in a common living room on thefirst floor. Police said the window was unlocked and a window screen appearedto have been tampered with.

“An incident likethis is a stark reminder to all of us to make sure that we properly secure allexterior doors and windows,” said Boston University Police Chief Thomas Robbins,who described the incident as an apparent robbery-in-progress. “We should alsobe sure to lock interior doors when we leave rooms unattended and when wesleep.”

The intruder wasdescribed as a black male, 23 to 24 years old, six feet tall, and weighingabout 180 pounds, with short dark hair and a moustache. Police said he waswearing a dark sweatband around his head, a dark gray sweatshirt, and bluejeans.

Robbins said the student, who was uninjured, was offeredmedical treatment and counseling services, but declined both. He said the BU Police Department has broadcast a description of the suspect to surroundingcities and towns and is conducting a full investigation of the incident.

Art Jahnke can be reached at jahnke@bu.edu.

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