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Arrest made in disturbing home invasion in Vancouver

Last Updated Sep 14, 2016 at 2:05 pm PDT

VPD at the scene of a break and enter on Sherbrooke Street. (Simon Druker, NEWS 1130 Photo)

17-year-old boy arrested

The suspect reportedly took off through a second-storey window in the home

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Vancouver Police say a 17-year-old boy has been arrested following an overnight home invasion near Sherbrooke Street and East 37th Avenue.

The early morning break and enter at the East Vancouver home left a woman shaken but unharmed. Investigators say she woke up to find a man standing over her as she slept.

This happened around 2 a.m.

She phoned police after waking up and finding that intruder in her home, reportedly pleasuring himself. It seems he was startled and then took off by jumping out a second-floor window. Officers, including the dog squad, searched the neighbourhood shortly after arriving on scene. Police are still trying to figure out exactly what happened. They say they’re working with a significant language barrier.

Earlier this year, a similar crime took place around 49th Avenue and Knight Street. In that case, a woman woke up shortly before 4 a.m. to find a man standing in her bedroom. After a brief struggle, the suspect took off. Investigators deemed that incident to be sexually motivated.

Anyone with information about either case is asked to call the VPD Sex Crimes Unit at 604.717.3471 or CrimeStoppers at 1.800.222.8477.