Burglary leads to arrest of suspected sexual predator

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Denton police are investigating whether a burglary suspect they arrested is a serial rapist.

32-year-old Leroy Earl Thompson Jr was a UNT employee until recently and is suspected in several sexual assaults and attempted sexual assaults. Some of them happened near the UNT and TWU campuses.

Thompson is charged with two counts of burglary of a habitation with the intent to commit a felony, and there are three more of those charges pending.

Weeks of intense surveillance led Denton police to arrest Thompson, who they call ‘a prowler.’ Police say he broke into homes near the UNT campus, where he worked cleaning buildings, with the intention of sexually assaulting women.

An affidavit states a woman who lives on West Oak Street heard knocking early the morning of May 3. Around 4:30 a.m., she woke to a man, now believed to be Thompson, standing at her bedroom door.

Cassandra Deakin lives one building over where the alleged attack happened.

"It's upsetting to me,” she said. “I mean, it's disturbing."

The victim told police Thompson tried to sexually assault her, strangled her, covered her head and took her phone and left. Police say that motive reminded them of reports taken from two other women in October and February.

Police say they first interacted with Thompson on May 9 when a woman called police to report him lurking outside her apartment. He told police he was just going to his girlfriend's, but then "he admitted that he lied and stated that police scared him.”

Investigators conducted surveillance on Thompson starting May 16 and say night after night they watched him peep into windows, climb into backyards and engage in sexual behavior.

Then on May 31, police say they caught Thompson trying to break into an apartment near the TWU campus. Police lifted his handprint from an AC unit.

Jennifer Reyes lives in the area where some of the break-ins happened and thinks it might have almost happened to her.

"Our window screen had been moved over and the blinds were open,” she said.

Police say during questioning, Thompson admitted to the attempted break-in near TWU and confessed to other attempted burglaries in February in May, in which he told police he did intend to commit sexual assaults.

Dallas police say they also consider him a person of interest in a sexual assault of a prostitute in March.

UNT sent FOX 4 his termination letter that shows he was fired from his job as a custodian for not being in the appropriate work place at the right time.

UNT did warn students about the break-ins last month and say Thompson never had keys for the residence halls.

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