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A Nanaimo woman was left shaken and unable to call police for several hours after coming face-to-face with an unknown person who broke into her apartment last month.

In a media release, Nanaimo RCMP said the incident occurred around 6:10 a.m. on Tuesday December 14th, at an apartment located in the 100 block of Prideaux Street.

The suspect, unknown to the tenant of the residence, pried open a window in a bedroom before entering the suite.

The victim told police that she had been sleeping on the couch in her living room when she heard noises coming from her bedroom.

Police said she went to investigate and came face-to-face with the break and enter suspect who demanded she give him money.

The woman gave the suspect a small amount cash and then watched as he ran out the front door of her apartment.

Cst. Gary O’Brien said before the suspect left the residence, he turned to the woman and said he was sorry.

The incident left the woman shaken by the experience and was unable to call police for several hours afterwards, O’Brien said.

When police officers arrived, they were directed to the bedroom, where they found a window that had been forced open.

The suspect is described as a man, 5′ 5″ tall with a slight build and a youthful voice. He was wearing a black parka pulled up tight over his face, black pants, and mittens on his hands at the time of the crime.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Nanaimo RCMP at 250-754-2345.

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