Police say a woman in her 60s, who lives in the Royal York Road and Bloor Street West area, was awakened by an intruder in her bedroom at 4:30 a.m. ET.
"She heard some noise in home all of sudden she was startled to see the suspect in her bedroom,” said Det. Sgt. Madelaine Tretter of 22 Division. “At that point she screamed and police were contacted."
The suspect escaped the way police believe he entered the home — through an unlocked front door — and may have fled the area on a bicycle stolen 10 minutes later from a nearby garage. Police scoured the area Friday morning.
There have been up to 20 nighttime break-ins, including this one, in the area over three summers. Some involved sexual assaults, some victims were seniors.
Police are trying to determine if the same man has struck again.
“I can't rule it out at this point but I can't rule it in,” said Tretter.
The suspect is described as about 6 feet tall, with a stocky build and dark skin. Residents are urged to lock their doors and windows.