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Suspected intruder arrested in university area bedroom

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego police say they have arrested a bedroom intruder in the University District. Police say it didn't take long to catch 22-year-old Dillan Baldwin Acuna, who allegedly broke into a 19-year-old woman's home on Mary Lane Drive, just south of San Diego State University.

Neighborhood residents say it is part of a disturbing trend of men following women into their homes and trying to break in.

It happened early Wednesday morning.

“No, she was not hit,” said Capt. Alberto Leos of the San Diego Police Department. “He woke her up in her room. She was startled. She immediately called the police.”

Officers arrested Acuna one street over on Dorothy Lane. ABC 10News spoke to three neighbors who say someone tried to break into their home less than a week ago and they caught a man peering through one of their bedroom windows.

“It puts everyone on edge. You never think it would be us,” the neighbors said. “It scares me, too. What if we hadn’t woken up? What if we hadn’t seen him leave? What would have happened? We don’t know.”

Another neighbor says someone broke his car window a week ago.

“You wonder who's walking around here,” said Sergio Morejon. “During school term, there are a lot of drunk people walking around. So you don't feel as safe as you would like at home.”

So the break-in early Wednesday morning appears to be a reminder of the importance of locking doors and windows, even in hot weather.

“We all spent money to install fingerprint locks on our bedroom doors, so even if someone entered the house, they wouldn’t necessarily be able to enter our bedrooms,” said one neighbour.

Police said Acuna was a stranger to the woman and was not connected to any other cases. He was booked into the San Diego County Jail and charged with burglary of a residence.

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