Radford man accused of sexually assaulting sleeping woman, police give tips to help prevent similar crime

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RADFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) It's terrifying to think about - a man breaks into a home and sexually assaults a woman in her sleep. Police say it happened in Radford and now they are warning homeowners.

Police say they had met before. The victim is now recovering and he is in jail.

It wasn't random but police warn it could happen to anyone.

Friday morning just after three, they say Glenn Revel broke into a home here on Grove Avenue found a woman asleep and sexually assaulted her.

Revel now faces three charges including breaking and entering in the nighttime with the intent to commit rape. He's now in the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.

He's a man police say hasn't been on their radar until now.

But rape, sexual assault, and breaking and entering are crimes the Radford Police Department has covered many times before.

"It's been a university college, we have incidents like this throughout the time I've been here. There have been similar incidences not just with sexual assault but with people barging away into an apartment," said Lt. Peter Rutzinski with the Radford Police Department.

Radford police say this could happen again.

They suggest homeowners or renters should know who has keys to your home, keep your door locked, and be aware of your surroundings.

"People just leave their doors unlocked and then a lot of times intoxicated people will hit the wrong apartment and going into the wrong apartment. We do have problems with that. Just make sure your door is locked," Rutzinski said.

There have been at least four sexual assaults reported to police since September. But there are many that go unreported.

Radford Police say this woman did the right thing - she called police immediately and helped catch the suspect.