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POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR SUSPECT IN OREM SEX-CRIME ATTEMPTS

SHARE POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR SUSPECT IN OREM SEX-CRIME ATTEMPTS

Police are looking for a man they say entered two Orem homes during the night and tried to sexually assault two young females.

Last Saturday a 16-year-old girl was awakened at about 5:30 a.m. by a man standing next to her bed holding a gun. Orem Police spokesman Gerald Nielsen said the man forced the girl outside at gunpoint and into the corner of the yard, where he fondled her. When he put his gun down so he could undress the girl, she screamed and the man grabbed his gun and fled.Thursday at about 1:30 a.m. a 12-year-old girl was awakened by a man standing next to her bed. The man attempted to place a rolled-up pillowcase in the girl's mouth, but she screamed, and the man fled out a back door.

Nielsen said two similar incidents were reported late last year, and police believe the same man might be involved. Residents are warned to secure their homes before retiring for the night.