2nd report of man entering home, approaching child
EUGENE, Ore. - A man entered a home through an unlocked door and tried to grab a child for the second time this month.
"Even if it is just a nice day, if you are a single mom or a mom home alone with your kids, you should probably keep your doors locked," Marrissa Morris told KVAL News. "It's pretty important. You don't want this to happen to you."
Morris said she was putting clothes away in a back room of her home on Berwin Lane in the River Road area when she heard the front door open.
"I came out to see what was going on and I thought my daughter had finally figured out how to get out," Morris said, "and there was a man standing right by my daughter."
Morris yelled at the man, and he ran out the front door. Her 3-year-old daughter was unharmed.
Morris called 911, and sheriff's deputies responded within minutes, she said.
"They said, 'Did he touch anything' and I said, 'Well, he had to touch the door to get in. So they finger printed, they put the dust on there and got some prints," she said.
Morris described the man as a tanned white male in his late 30s with a medium build and a scruffy face.
Earlier this month in the River Road area, another family reported a man entering through an open door and approaching a child. Morris said sheriff's deputies told her the suspect descriptions do not match.
Morris said she considers her neighborhood a safe place that is pretty secluded from River Road. She thinks the man who entered her home that day was not just any burglar but somebody who was targeting children.
"He probably knew that there was kids and it makes me fearful to let my kids go outside and play," Morris said.