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Doubleview home invasion suspect in court
A man charged with entering the Doubleview home of a French student has been remanded in custody after
appearing in the Perth Magistrate's Court today.
Travis John Dodd, 31, is charged with entering the woman's home without consent on February 26, stealing
a knife and unlawful assault.
No application for bail was made. Mr Dodd is yet to plead to the charges and will next appear in the
Perth Magistrate's court on March 21.
The West Australian (5-3-2011)
Doubleview home invasion suspect remanded in custody
A man who allegedly broke into a woman's home twice in the same day has been remanded into custody.
Travis John Dodd, 31, appeared at East Perth Magistratesí Court today charged with two counts of aggravated burglary,
stealing and common assault.
Police will allege the woman told the suspect to go away after he approached the back door of her of her home in Alice
Street, Doubleview, about 3am on February 26.
The man reappeared and smashed a back window before reaching in while the woman ran from the house and alerted police.
At about midday the same day, the woman returned to the property with a friend where they discovered the man hiding inside.
The terrifying ordeal sparked a police manhunt for a sex predator after detectives said they believed the incidents were
Mr Dodd did not make an application for bail.
He was remanded to appear via video link at Perth Magistratesí Court on March 21.
Young woman tells of sex predator terror at Doubleview house
A young woman has told of her terror at becoming the target of a sex predator who broke into her Doubleview home
twice in two days.
Police have revealed they are investigating the home invasions as sexually motivated attacks and say they need community
help to catch the man, fearing he may strike again.
Today, Delphine, 25, recounted how she had been home alone at 3am on Saturday morning when she noticed a man at the window
of her Alice St property, attempting to gain entry.
Frightened, she closed all the doors and windows of the house and asked the man to leave, before she desperately tried to
phone friends for help.
"He kept on trying to open the doors and windows. He was going all around my house," she said.
Moments later when the man smashed a window and reached through, Delphine fled and phoned police.
"It was so scary, I was running and I was falling over because I was panicking. I was screaming and nobody was (coming).
I was on the street by myself," she said.
Police attended a short time later and could not find the intruder. The property was left unsecured.
But when Delphine and a friend returned to the house around midday on Sunday they discovered the same man hiding behind a
bedroom door, armed with
two knives from the kitchen.
"I went to the bathroom and my friend came to my room and he was hiding behind the door . . . We just ran away . . . .and
called police," she said.
Acting Det Sen-Sgt Cameron Blaine said police were gravely concerned about the man's actions, particularly his bid
to return to the property.
"In this case we have got an offender who effectively terrorised a completely innocent victim," Det Sen-Sgt
"Understandably, it's a terrifying experience for her and something that we treat severely and are giving our utmost
"We have no reason to believe there is any risk to the general community or the public at large...The attack at this
stage appears to be quite
specific and targeted at one particular victim.''
Delphine, who moved to Perth from France 18 months ago to study, said she was now too afraid to return home.
"I'm too scared at the moment. I really want the police to catch this guy," she said.
The man is described as being around 180cm tall, of average build, with a dark olive complexion, thick black beard
and black messy hair.
He was wearing dirty black sports shoes, knee length black shorts and a green and white striped polo shirt at the
time of the attack.
Police believe he may have jumped several fences in the area to effect his escape.
Anyone with information about the attack or anyone who recognises the man is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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