Bloomington woman attacked by apartment intruder

(Photo: WTHR)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WTHR) - Police are investigating after a woman was attacked during an apartment break-in.

It happened early last Saturday morning. A Bloomington police report says a 19-year-old victim “reported that she was awakened around 6:30 a.m."

She had heard a noise in the apartment off Winslow near South Walnut Street.

“That’s dangerous, that’s very dangerous,” said one of the victim’s neighbor’s after learning what happened.

And it was dangerous for the woman who then confronted the stranger in her apartment.

“It would be pretty scary,” said another neighbor.

According to the police report, “the victim reported that she ran into a bathroom and the male followed her, where he struck her in her face. The man then reportedly left the bathroom and she locked the door.”

But police say the suspect wasn’t finished.

We don’t know if he had a car waiting for him or how he planned to get away but he was going to make his escape even more memorable.

The police report continues “then heard banging sounds for a few minutes, and then the noises stopped.”

A Bloomington woman shows us the metal bar she uses to secure her apartment door. Police are investigating after a woman was hurt by an intruder in the same building. (Photo: WTHR)

When the woman was sure the man was gone, she came out of hiding to find vandalism. Holes in the drywall, punched out.

“It’s terrifying, actually I don’t really know what to think about it," said Morgan England, a tenant. “I have like a two-year-old son so that’s even scarier to hear."

Shawna Case, another renter in the sprawling south side complex, said her concern surround her two young children.

"It’s scary. This is the only place we can afford right now. Other than that, there’s been a lot of things that go on here," she said.

“Since I’m a single mom that lives here by myself, I’m a little freaked out now., said Annette McQueen. "I’m a little worried. “Like I said, I keep the security sticks on my doors so no one can force their way in because after I moved in, I had issues with people banging on my doors and forcibly trying to get themselves into my apartment.”

It's still unclear exactly how the man got into the apartment and why he targeted the victim. If you have information, you're asked to call Bloomington police.

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