RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A man suspected of breaking into several Richmond homes since late August and inappropriately touching women has been arrested thanks to a tip from the community.
Saevone Brown, 22, of Richmond, was charged with sexual battery, trespassing and two counts of breaking and entering stemming from the cases that began Aug. 29.
In that incident, police say the suspect broke into a home around 6:15 am. in the 6900 block of Marlowe Road and starting touching the victim while she was asleep. She screamed, and when another person in the home came into the room, the suspect fled.
The second case happened on Sept. 2 in the 500 block of Harrow Road. Similar to the first case, the victim woke up around 2:15 a.m. to find the suspect touching her. The suspect again fled when the victim screamed and another person came into the room.
The third and fourth cases happened on Sept. 6, roughly an hour apart.
Around 6 a.m. that day, in the 6900 block of Marlowe Road, the victim heard knocking at a bedroom window. The victim turned on the light and saw the suspect run away. Police found a torn porch screen and say the suspect tried to force his way into the home.
About an hour later, in the 1400 block of Brownleaf Drive, the victim also heard knocking at her bedroom window. She looked outside and saw the suspect exposing himself. The suspect then left in the direction of Whitesand Drive.
In the fifth case, on Sept. 9 in the 500 block of Rossmore Drive, the victim said the suspect broke into her apartment around 1 a.m., exposed himself, then ran off.
Then on Sept. 11, in the 1000 block of St. Ann's Drive, the suspect entered the home around 5 a.m., inappropriately touched the victim, then ran out through the back door.
Brown was arrested after a tip from a resident at the Crossings at Bramblewood apartment complex on Thursday who saw a suspicious individual who turned out to be Brown.
"We always urge community members to call the police when they see something suspicious," said Lt. Jason Hudson with the Major Crimes Division. "The citizen who called about this person reported something that seemed out of the ordinary, and that information led us to arrest a suspect in multiple sexual assaults."
If you have any information on any of these cases, call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.
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