Hunt launched after woman woke up to stranger ‘trying to rape her in her home’

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  • May 31, 2023
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The hunt is on to find a man after a woman said she woke up to someone trying to rape her.

The alleged victim, in her 20s, told police she fell asleep in her living room at her home on Bedford Hill, Balham, south-west London.

She described how an unknown man somehow managed to get in and woke her up at around 2.45am on May 6.

He told her to keep quiet and then tried to sexually assault her, but she screamed and managed to run away, the woman said.

She went to the police, who are treating the inquiry as an isolated accusation of attempted rape.

Officers found CCTV of a man matching the suspect’s description walking on Streatham High Street after the alleged attack.

They have released this image and an E-fit of what they think he may look like, in the hope he can be identified.

The suspect is described as black, aged in his late 20s to early 30s, slim, but not athletic build, about 5ft 7ins with short afro hair.

Detective sergeant Andy Walker said: ‘This was a terrifying ordeal and the victim is being fully supported by officers specially trained to investigate sexual offences.

‘We believe this man must have been looking for an opportunity to enter a home, he is clearly a danger to women and we need to find him.

‘Officers are doing all they can to find this man, but we believe it is the public who may have the vital information that will help us trace and arrest this man.’

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