Decatur, GA (WXIA) -- Nothing could be more frightening. A man crawled through apartment windows and stood over females, performing lewd acts on himself until they woke up.
It happened twice at the same apartment complex in Decatur. The second time, it happened to a 10-year-old girl asleep on her couch.
The first incident happened May 31 at the Marquis Ridge apartments off Covington Road. DeKalb County Police said a 28-year-old woman and a 30-year-old woman were inside sleeping when the man woke them up.
The second incident happened three days later in the same apartment complex. A 10-year old girl, who fell asleep on her couch watching television, woke up to the man standing above her.
Both incidents happened at about 4 a.m.
DeKalb County Police spokesperson Mekka Parish said the victims didn't get a good look at the man but they thought he was between 18 and 20 years old.
"One of the victims described him having a towel over his face, and in the second instance it was described as a mask," Parish said.
The 10 year old's mother said she and her husband were sleeping in an upstairs bedroom when it happened.
"She ran in our room and was screaming and she said somebody's in the house and she was shaking and jumping up and down," the mother said of her daughter.
It is 11Alive News' policy not to identify sexual assault victims in any way. To protect the girl, we are not identifying her mother.
She said her daughter told her the man threatened to kill her if she screamed, but her daughter didn't see a gun and screamed. It worked because the man left the apartment.
"To think of all the things that could have happened, I'm very grateful that it didn't go further, but I'm very hurt it went as far as it did," the mother said.
Her mother said what hurt her and her husband more was the fact they would later find out the same thing happened three days earlier. They said the apartment complex never notified tenants. They said the first notification they sent out was Tuesday morning, a day after their daughter was assaulted.
"For this to happen three nights ago and for us to not be made aware of it, I kind of feel like this could have been prevented," she said. "What happened to my daughter could have been prevented."
DeKalb Police are not fooling around. "There's certainly cause for concern, number one for the crime itself," Parish said. "We also want to identify this person out of the fear that it may actually escalate."
Parish said police are now working with the apartment complex and have canvassed the entire neighborhood. She said they are also increasing patrols through the complex.
11Alive News tried to reach out the management at the apartment complex but to no avail.