DARTMOUTH - Major crime investigators in Halifax are following all leads to find the nighttime intruder who got into a woman’s home and then raped her.
“This is particularly concerning because a man allegedly broke into the home of a woman, invaded not only her private space, but her own being,” said Halifax Regional Police Sgt. Jeff Carr on Sunday. “It’s probably the worst thing that can happen to a person.”
Police received a 911 call from a home on Pondicherry Crescent around 5:30 a.m. Saturday. The woman living in the home told officers a man she didn’t know had entered the home and forced her to have sex.
“As with any incident, there’s always the possibility the victim was targeted, and investigators look at information that’s provided to them … to determine if individuals may or may not have been targeted,” said Carr.
The assailant is described as a white man between 40 and 45 years old, about six-feet-one inch tall and 220 pounds with short dark hair and a “growly” speaking voice.
Residents of the area, off Main Street near Cranberry Lake, say they’re disturbed, but not entirely surprised, by the crime.
“Since we moved in there’s been a shooting down there, an accident down there,” said Bob, who didn’t want his last name used. “The people around us are great people… but there’s some bad stuff happening.”
Area resident William Butt described the neighborhood as “50-50” for safety.
“Sometimes it’s pretty good here, but sometimes you’ll have sirens real close and you’ll know something’s going on,” he said.