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MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) - Brittany Bell said she was sleeping early Thursday after her boyfriend had gone to the store when she woke to a stranger standing over her bed.
"I woke to somebody feeling on me and saying, 'Hey, sweetie, I'm home,'" Bell, 21, told 24 Hour News 8. "I turned around, I looked at him and I'm like, 'What are you doing? Get out of my house.'"
Muskegon police arrested a suspect, identified as 33-year-old Edward Causey, Jr. of Muskegon, a short time later about a block away.
He was arraigned today on charges of second-degree sexual assault and home invasion and is being held at the Muskegon County jail on a $100,000 bond.
Muskegon Police Capt. Shawn Bride said Causey is considered a person of interest in several other recent incidents in the same area -- including two or three reports of women waking up to find a strange man in their homes and reports of window peeping.
He fears Causey may have been working his way up to a more serious crime.
Police credited the victim and her boyfriend with providing "crucial information" that led to his arrest.
The incident happened shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday at a home in the 800 block of East Forest Avenue.
The victim's boyfriend Lee Pierce said he returned from the store to find the man in the bedroom.
"He was standing here and my girl was laying on this side of the bed and all you could see was his hand moving like this," he demonstrated. "I said, 'Hey, hey, hey.' And she woke up, and it took him a minute to come up out of the bedroom."
They said they had never seen the man before. They believe he had walked in through an unlocked front door.
"If my boyfriend hadn't had come back … he probably could have raped me," Bell said.
They said he didn't run when they confronted him. In fact, they said, he offered to sell them marijuana.
"He's like standing at the door, just acting all cool and everything," Bell said.
Then she started calling 911.
"He just walked out the door, like nothing happened," Pierce said.
Causey lives on the same street, just a few blocks away. His criminal history includes only traffic convictions in 2007 and 2010, both of which were drunk driving.
His father, Edward Causey Sr., said he hadn't spoken to his son since the arrest. He said he doesn't believe his son is capable of such crimes.
Anyone with information about Causey, window peepings, or home invasions in which female victims were targeted is asked to contact the Muskegon Police Department Tip Line at 231.846.8477 or Silent Observer at 231.722.7463.
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