Return of The Cuddler?

Police are looking for a man with short hair

By Asha Beh
|  Monday, Jan 11, 2010  |  Updated 7:19 AM EDT
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Cuddler Strikes Again?

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Cuddler Strikes Again?

A woman woke up in the Glover Park Neighborhood of N.W Washington to find a man in her bed.Is this the same cuddler who has struck before?
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A woman in Glover Park woke up Sunday morning to find a man cuddling her in her bed, D.C. police said.

It happened between 4:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. in the 3800 block of Calvert Street, NW.

"I woke up at about 6:15 a.m. with a stranger in my bed," the victim said.  "He was not there when I went to sleep last night."

The victim said she didn't get a good look at the suspect.  She said she started screaming and he ran out the back door.

The suspect did not steal anything from the victim's residence and the victim said she was not harmed.

Police said they don't know how the man got in.

Police are looking into the possibility that the incident is related to other "cuddling" incidents in the area.  The latest was reported in late August.

A female Georgetown University student woke up in her home in the 3700 block of O Street NW and found a person touching her inappropriately while she was in bed, according to police. Investigators think the person used a window to get in and out of the apartment.

Two days earlier another was reported in the 1200 block of 33rd Street NW. Police said a man entered a student's home through an unlocked front door at about 6:30 a.m. and lay down on a couch with the victim, who was startled awake and told the man to leave.

"He actually lay down on the couch with her and he held her so she couldn't move," said the victim's roommate, Jen Lieberman. "Then she eventually pushed him off and she said to show his face, and he wouldn't."

The man was described as white, between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall, with a medium build. He was 25 to 30 years old with short brown hair. He was wearing a dark olive shirt and dark shorts.

The same man may be responsible for a number of break-ins in the area. Others were reported in early June and March. All told, 11 similar incidents have been reported in the past two years -- two on Georgetown's campus and nine in homes in the area.

Students call him the "Cuddler" because he will climb into a bed or couch where a resident is sleeping. Most of the incidents took place in the early morning hours, and when confronted, the intruder, who usually gains access through an open door or window, flees in a hurry.

"While we have named this person the Georgetown Cuddler, this is not a person going around in a teddy bear suit, so to say, and hugging people," a psychiatrist at George Washington University Hospital said in September. "This is a person that is breaking into individuals' homes and engaging in physical contact with a non-consensual person."

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