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Intruder caught with his pants down
Woman, 80, returns home to find a stranger sitting on her toilet.

Date published: 7/12/2007

BY KEITH EPPS

A startling sight greeted a Fredericksburg woman when she returned home from picking up a newspaper early Thursday, police said.

A man she didnít know was sitting on her toilet. He had apparently entered her home in the 300 block of Germania Street by cutting a screen and unlocking the door.

City police spokewoman Natatia Bledsoe said the incident occurred about 5:30 a.m. The resident, who is in her 80s, had left the home for a brief time to get a paper.

On her way to get the paper, Bledsoe said, the woman saw the man hanging out on the street. She had never seen him before that.

When she got home, she noticed that the bathroom door was closed. She opened the door and the man was sitting there.

Bledsoe said the woman asked the man a couple of questions, including ďhow long are you going to be?,Ē but didnít understand the manís response because it was in Spanish.

She then told the man she was calling to police and he got up and left. The woman noticed the cut screen after the man was gone.

Bledsoe said the bizarre incident is even more unnerving because it isnít clear if the man just wanted to use the bathroom or if he had a more sinister plan in mind.

A police dog tried to track the suspect, but was unsuccessful.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his late 20s. He was wearing a black sleeveless shirt, dark pants and had a tattoo on one of his upper arms.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call city police at 372-1055.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404

kepps@freelancestar.com