Pepper Pike police looking for home intruder who attacked woman as she slept

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PEPPER PIKE, Ohio -- Pepper Pike police are issuing a warning to make sure people's homes are secure after something horrific happened to a woman.

Police say at around 3:15 a.m. on Nov. 30, a woman woke up to find an intruder in her bedroom.  The chief tells FOX 8 News that the woman was attacked, then she was forced to drive the suspect somewhere and drop him off.

Pepper Pike police say the intruder is described as a black male; having a medium tone, but soft spoken voice; medium brown skin; in his late teens, early 20s; 5’5” to 5’7’ in height; and an average build. He was wearing a black hoodie pulled tight around his face, dark-colored jeans, and light tan Timberland-style work boots.

It's believed the man got into the home through an unlocked door.  Police are asking people to secure their homes during nighttime hours and while they are away from home.  Be sure to lock all doors and activate alarm systems. Police also advise residents to always keep a phone nearby to dial 911 in an emergency. They also recommend removing valuables from cars and locking car doors.

The investigation in this case continues.