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Woman assaulted while sleeping on her couch in Suitland

SUITLAND, Md. (WUSA9) -- A woman was sexually assaulted Monday while police say she slept on her couch in Suitland.

Prince George's County police spent Wednesday night going door to door at a Suitland apartment complex trying to gather information. Police say the suspect broke into one of the apartments wearing a mask at 4:30 in the afternoon.

Abby Desta was working Monday afternoon. Until Wednesday night, she didn't know that a woman was sexually assaulted in the apartment complex where she lives.

"I have never heard something like this. Right now, I'm totally shaky and scared and I have to leave," said Desta.

Police say the woman who was assaulted was inside, asleep on the couch.

"He had a handgun. He woke her up and he sexually assaulted her," said Pfc. Michael Owen, Spokesman Prince George's Police Department.

The man was wearing all black and had his face covered.

"A black hat in conjunction with a black mask and all dark clothing," said Pfc. Owen.

Some of the people said part of the problem are the apartment's. They said they're not secure enough, because the gates are broken and the apartments have bad locks.

WUSA9 tried to speak with the property manager, but haven't been able to get in touch with them.

Police want to hear from anyone who might know something about what happened Monday night.

Police say they believe someone saw or heard something. They hope people will realize this could easily happen to someone they know and come forward. There's also a reward up to $25,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

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