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Police probe if latest Etobicoke break-in linked to sex predator

Toronto police are trying to determine if a sexual predator who has been breaking into women’s homes in south Etobicoke has struck again.

Police said a man broke into a home on Brentwood Road, in the Royal York Road and Bloor Street West area, just after 4:30 a.m.

When one of the residents awoke to find the man in her home, she screamed and the man took off. She then called police.

She had been sleeping on the main floor of her home at the time, but the rest of her family had been sleeping upstairs.

It appears the suspect got in through the front door, but police said there was no sign of forced entry, so it’s not yet known if it was left unlocked.

The incident occurred in the same area where a man broke into homes over the past couple of summers.

It’s believed one man is responsible for over 20 break-and-enters and eight sexual assaults. He seems to strike between June and September, entering homes in the early hours of the morning.

Police said they’re still trying to determine if this morning’s incident is the work of this same suspect.

The woman wasn’t injured in the incident.

Police describe the suspect at black and six feet tall with a stocky build.

Investigators said that even if this is the same suspect as previous incidents, the descriptions have varied.

Toronto police’s canine unit searched the area and officers would like to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-2200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), go online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).