Police: Hollywood burglar caught on video ‘committed sexual battery’ on victim

HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) - Police said the man caught on surveillance video in connection to two occupied burglaries in Hollywood committed sexual battery on a woman in one of the homes.

The security footage captured the perpetrator breaking through the door of a home in the upscale Hollywood Oaks community, early Wednesday morning.

“It’s a scary situation,” said Hollywood Police spokesperson Miranda Grossman.

The subject is seen wearing a baseball cap and a hoodie as he walks into the residence with a flashlight in his mouth, then is seen leaving seconds later.

Police said the subject burglarized homes and a car. He also went on the attack.

“During one of the occupied burglaries he committed sexual battery on the victim,” said Grossman.

Alijah Murphy said he walks up and down the road where the incidents occurred on a daily basis.

“I walk by Monday thru Friday to go to school and go home,” he said.

In the wake of the break-ins, Hollywood Police have advised area residents to locks their doors and keep their eyes open for anything that looks suspicious.

“I will pay attention more, knowing that’s going on,” said Murphy.

In addition to the surveillance video, authorities have also released still images of the subject seen wearing a Nike hat and sneakers with the swoosh displayed prominently.

A woman walking her dog said it was her home that the burglar is seen entering in the surveillance video. The resident, who asked not to be identified or show her face on camera, said her pet scared away the perpetrator.

Detectives hope someone might know who or where this person might be based on these photos.

“They’re really hoping someone has information because this person is obviously dangerous,” said Grossman.

If you have any information on these occupied burglaries or the subject’s whereabouts, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.

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