NEW ORLEANS - Police are investigating a pair of recent home invasions in the Carrollton and Fountainbleau neighborhoods.
Victims in both cases have scary stories to tell. Wednesday, someone attacked a woman in a home in the 8200 block of Green Street. Homeowner Stefan Miller says the assailant had been hanging around the house the previous couple of days bothering a female friend who was painting his house.
"Wednesday night, as soon as she came back to start painting again he came out and started talking to her and trying to get her to quit painting and go out with him, I guess," said Miller.
Miller says his friend decided to go in the house and lock the door. The man apparently snuck in when the woman was in the bath tub. She was home alone.
"Somehow he had gotten into the house, turned the stereo on full, lowered the blinds, so when she came out of the bathroom fully dressed, he was there in the hallway with a piece of rope," said Miller. "He started choking her with his hands until she blacked out."
The victim managed to fight off her attacker. "She came to on the floor and was able to give him a good kick and get back in the bathroom where she called police," said Miller. "He tried the door and then ran off."
Police released a sketch of the attacker "Patrick" and he's described as a white Male, 21 to 25 years of age, light blonde crew cut hairstyle, freckles on his face, about 6’0 height and muscular build. His last name is unknown at this time.
Meanwhile, across town in the Fountainbleau neighborhood, there was another break-in in the 3700 block of Vincennes early Friday morning. Patrick Mendelson says he forgot to lock the back door before he went to bed. "I was sleeping in bed," he said. "It was about 1 am, I heard a noise in the hallway. "I saw a light from the back of a cell phone, shining at me from about 10 feet away at the foot of my bed by the hallway."
Mendelson says he started yelling and the intruder ran out of the house. "I thought, oh God, this is not the roommate and I literally started calling who are you, who is this, what's going on. I would tend to think this was a quick burglary. I am hearing this is sort of happening around this area quite a bit."
Mendelson says he didn't get a good look at the intruder. Both homeowners are now taking precautions to prevent future break-ins. "I've already started looking at re-servicing my alarm," said Medelson. "I'm going around putting dead bolts on the doors," said Miller.
If you can help solve either case you are urged to call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.