Sexual battery victim awoken by attacker in Lake Eola Heights, police say

Police: Victim asleep next to fiance, dog when man entered home

ORLANDO, Fla. – A woman was sexually battered in her sleep early Thursday after someone broke into her home in Lake Eola Heights, authorities said.

The woman told Orlando police she was sleeping in her bed with her fiance and dog around 4:30 a.m. when she felt someone touching her, prompting her to wake up and scream, according to an incident report.

The woman's fiance woke up from her screaming and looked up to find another man in the room, the report said.

Her fiance chased the man, who authorities believe entered through the unlocked back door of their home on Hillside Avenue, but he got away, police said.

Police tried to have a K-9 unit track the man's scent but were unable to find him, officers said.

The victim told police the man was black, 30-40 years old, had a tall, thin build and was believed to be between 5 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet tall, but authorities have not officially identified a suspect. The investigation is ongoing.

A neighbor who didn't want to be identified said she and other neighbors spent the day updating their security systems after the frightening break-in.

"It's making me more cautious. Like, I have cameras, but the batteries have been dead. So, obviously I switched the batteries first thing," said the neighbor.

Police have not released any more information regarding the home invasion and sexual battery, adding that their investigation is ongoing.

Check back for more details on this developing story.