MELROSE (CBS) – Police continue to search for a suspect who attempted to steal multiple cars and break into two Melrose homes early Wednesday morning. The string of break-ins was deemed random, prompting police to issue a home lock alert.
Police Chief Michael Lyle said shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday, the man into an unlocked house on Lynde . Street, entered the bedroom of a 19-year-old man and demanded her wallet and keys.
Stunned by the stranger, the girl fought back and was stabbed in the neck during the confrontation. The struggle between the two took place outside the house. Hearing the noise, the girl’s father ran outside, and the man ran away.
“She thought she was dreaming. She really couldn’t believe it, and I could see that happening to anyone. ‘This is not real.’ Then it became very real, very quickly for her,” Lyle said. “I give her a lot of credit. She hit back. And he succeeded quickly.”
The girl’s father said the suspect took the knife from the kitchen cupboard. Luckily, he says it’s one of the dullest knives in the kitchen.
In total, the suspect is said to have entered two unlocked homes and several unlocked vehicles.
The suspect attempted to steal a vehicle not far from his Lynde Street home, but only traveled about 100 yards. The car started up because the fob was near the house, but about 100 yards away it got out of range and the car stopped working.
The suspect also stole a second car. It was located a short time later in another town, but police did not release further details.
“This is a random act. In all cases there is a jailbroken car or an unlocked front door of the house. I cannot stress enough to everyone in our community or everywhere – lock your doors,” said Lyle. “You have a lock on your front door for a reason or the back door. Please lock it. And your vehicles, you’re just making yourself a target when there’s an unlocked vehicle. “
No arrest warrants have been issued. Anyone with information is asked to call Melrose Police.