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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Bloomington police are searching for a  man wearing a mask who has repeatedly walked into homes and attempted to sexually assault women while they slept.

In all four cases the suspect came in through an unlocked door.

Bloomington police provided FOX59 with the following timeline of events:

On September 5th at approximately 5 a.m., the Bloomington Police Department received a report of a burglary and possible attempted sexual assault in the 1600 block of S. Henderson.

In that case a female sleeping on the couch in the residence awoke when a male wearing a mask touched her leg. She pulled the mask from his face and he fled the home.

On September 8th at approximately 2:15 a.m., BPD received a report of another burglary and attempted sexual assault in the 500 block of E. 2nd Street.

The 20 year old female victim awoke in her bed to a male suspect wearing a mask standing over her. The male told her to take her clothes off or he would kill her. He then attempted to remove her clothing. The victim screamed and fought back and the suspect fled the residence.

At approximately 5 a.m., BPD received a report of a burglary in the 1300 Block of S. Washington Street.

The 33 year old female victim woke up to her dog barking and when she got up she confronted a male wearing a mask standing in her home outside of her bedroom door. The male fled the residence.

At approximately 6 a.m., BPD received a report of a burglary in the 400 block of E. Melrose Avenue. The 22 year old female victim woke up and noticed a male suspect wearing a mask crouched next to her bed. She began screaming and the suspect fled the residence.

That’s alarming news to students just south of the I-U campus.

“It’s definitely very concerning because it’s like right here,” said student Lauren Yager.

“We actually went all around to check all the windows to see if they were locked, which they weren’t,” said student Leah Beck.

“It’s something we’re concerned about.  We’ve stepped up patrols in the area,” said Bloomington police Capt. Steve Kellams.

In one case the victim pulled the mask off the suspect.  In the other cases, he fled after the victims screamed.

Police say luckily no one has gotten hurt.

“In all the cases the females were able to scare him off by screaming, yelling, fighting back and he ran off,” said Kellams.

All the incidents took place on the southeast side of Bloomington.

No arrests have been made, so police say it’s important for everyone to keep their windows and doors locked.

“A lot of times people think of Bloomington as a small town, but it’s a city with city problems.  We really want them to get their doors locked.  That’s the first step,” said Kellams.

“I mean we’re really close to campus.  You don’t like to think this will happen, but we just try to take precautionary measures.  It’s just obviously very concerning,” said Yager.

“We just said even if you’re going in and out for 5 minutes.  Lock the door,” said Beck.

Police are also encouraging people in the area to call police if they see anyone suspicious.