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North Chattanooga residents speak out about weekend break ins

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB)  --  Life on Glenroy Ave is moving along just days after a young woman says a man broke into her home and tried to rape her. She was able to fight off her attacker.

It happened just a couple houses down from Dwayne McMillen's home.

"I read in the media there's been reports of somebody breaking into houses, but I had no idea it happened on my street," McMillen says.

He says its been years since he heard of any type of crime reported on his street. Now with a possible intruder on the loose, he'll pay more attention. "That's my fear is that there are women, especially with their children, you know, having to worry about this situation," McMillen says.

Chattanooga Police tell Channel 3 they're investigating two complaints where a man entered two homes in north Chattanooga Sunday night. In each case the women inside the homes screamed, causing their attacker to run. However, police have released little information about the suspect or if it could be the same person.

"We're in the city, we pay city taxes and I feel like that's just one of their services. If there's a problem here and a possible rape or break in we should be the first ones to know about it, especially if its in this area," resident Emily Straussberger says.

She has lived in a north Chattanooga neighborhood for more than 30 years.

"Its alarming, even though I have three dogs here and they're with me and they stay in a fenced in backyard but still it's alarming," Straussberger explains.

Details about the attacks and the attackers may be vague but Straussberger plans to take matters into her own hands.

"I'm going to get the word out cause I have quite a few friends that live in this area. We all need to know that and we all need to look out for each other as well," she says.

"I feel confident the police will get to the bottom of it, just hopefully nobody else will have to go through this," McMillen says.

Police tell Channel 3 they have stepped up patrol in north Chattanooga and are following all leads.

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