Radnor Police are reporting that at about 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 25, a woman living in the 200 block of Landover Road in the Radnor Township section of Bryn Mawr reported a burglary and an attempted sexual assault.
According to police, the victim said she heard knocking on the door of her bedroom inside her apartment, and thinking it was her roommate, opened the door.
"She was suddenly rushed at the doorway and knocked to the floor by an unknown, black male with no clothing on below the waist area, wearing a gray T-shirt, and wearing a red piece of clothing concealing his face," reads an alert from Radnor Police.
The two began struggling, and the man then fled the apartment and was seen heading toward the Bryn Mawr Wawa (201 Bryn Mawr Ave.) "possibly with no clothes on below the waist and no shoes on his feet."
Radnor Police Lt. Christopher Flanagan and Det. Jim Santoliquito held a press conference about the incident on Monday afternoon.
Flanagan did not say whether the victim, a woman in her early 20s, is a student. He said the victim lives in a first-floor apartment but would not specify where, citing a need to protect the victim’s privacy.
The woman, who sustained bumps and bruises in the struggle and was extremely emotionally upset, did not require medical attention, police said.
Flanagan described the woman’s efforts as “courageous” and said she made a lot of noise; a roommate dialed 911.
Police are still investigating how the attacker gained entry to the locked apartment, Flanagan said. A point of entry has not yet been identified, but the man exited through the front door, he added.
Security footage from the nearby Bryn Mawr Wawa did not immediately reveal anything out of the ordinary, police said.
The attacker is described as a “younger male,” but police declined to give an age range. Police are asking that anyone in the area who saw anything suspicious immediately contact Radnor police.
“We believe somebody may have seen something,” Flanagan said. “Now we’re looking to the community who were in or out of the Wawa.”
Police are also waiting to see if any private residents have any type of video surveillance.
Call the Radnor Police Investigations Unit with any information at 610-688-0503.