Similarity suspected between museum attacker and man who tried to break into house in Kuravankonam

Sketch of the man who attacked woman jogger in museum; screengrab of CCTV visual from the house

Thiruvananthapuram: The man who molested a woman inside the Napier Museum compound here is suspected to have attempted to break into a house in Kuravankonam the same night.

The house owners noticed that the man seen on their CCTV visuals and sketch of the molester prepared by police looks similar.

As news channels reported the suspicion of the family, the woman who was attacked in the museum compound also expressed concern that might be the same person.

Kuravankonam house owner Aswathi said that the man first came and inspected the house at around 9.45 pm on Tuesday. He left the place by 11.30 pm. He then returned at 1.30 am and tried to barge in through the entrance on the terrace of the house. He managed to break the grill, but couldn’t open the door as it was locked from inside. He had a hammer in his hand.

He then opened the window and tried to break the door lock again. By then, Aswathi’s brother-in-law, who lives next to her house, woke up and turned the lights on. The thief, who also broke a window on the ground floor, fled the scene immediately.

The woman jogger was attacked inside the museum at around 4.30 am on Wednesday. Police are yet to identify the man.

The residents association president Mathew told Mathrubhumi News that a man was found hiding in the garden of a house in the area at night. He escaped when the family found him.

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