Bondi Beach: Fears mystery intruder is ‘watching women sleep’ in exclusive beachside suburb – as a key piece of evidence is discovered by one of his victims
A young teacher has spoken of being too scared to sleep in her own apartment after being woken up by an intruder trying to climb through her window.
Simone Wilkins, 28, who lived in the second-floor apartment in Sydney’s Bondi Beach until earlier this month, was woken by a loud rustling in the tree outside her open window at around 2.45am on Monday, September 11.
When she went to investigate, she was confronted with the silhouette of a man’s head level with hers.
Police are now investigating a series of similar burglaries involving young female victims in the exclusive Sydney suburb, who claim a mysterious figure saw them sleeping.
So far no forensic evidence has been found at any location, but Ms Wilkins hopes a pair of discarded black gloves found outside her apartment could provide important clues for detectives.
“I saw the silhouette and jumped up and slammed the window with such force that the glass cracked,” Ms Wilkins told Daily Mail Australia.
‘I screamed and ran out of the room. It looked like a horror movie.’
Simone Wilkins (pictured), 28, who until earlier this month lived on the second floor of a temporary rental home in Sydney’s Bondi Beach, was woken at around 2.45am on Monday, September 11 by a loud rustling in the tree outside her open window
Mrs Wilkins said she is a ‘deep sleeper’ and the man must have made a lot of noise in the tree to wake her up.
“He watched me sleep,” she said.
“I know because he was standing there by the window, which was terrifying. I was just shaking, I was completely shocked.”
Mrs. Wilkin’s screams woke her roommate and they both hurriedly checked all the windows and locks in the apartment.
But the horror of the evening became even worse when she shared her story on a local Facebook page to warn others – after which two separate women privately messaged her to report similar grisly experiences.
“The burglaries happened at exactly the same time for exactly a week, around 2.30am – 3am, which is bizarre,” Ms Wilkins said.
‘All three of us live within a five-minute walk of each other. One of the girls lives a street away from me.’
Mrs Wilkins (pictured) shared her story on a local Facebook page to warn others. But she was shocked when two other women came forward to report experiencing an intruder trying to break into their homes that same evening.
Ms Wilkins claimed the other two women were too traumatized to talk about the incident, fearing the intruder would strike again.
“They went through the same thing I did, the same looking through the window,” she said.
“He even went into one of the girls’ apartments before she started screaming and he fled.”
Ms Wilkins, who works as a teacher, is now back home on the Gold Coast for the holidays.
However, she does not return to the apartment.
“I thought Bondi was safe, like I didn’t have to worry at all,” she said.
“But I think there are a lot of crazy people out there.”
Pictured: an ariel view of North Bondi
Mrs Wilkins (pictured) said she had a horrible feeling the man had seen her sleeping
Mrs Wilkins stayed at the apartment for several days after the incident, but could barely sleep for fear he would return.
“I just couldn’t look at the window without thinking of his silhouette,” she said.
‘Until the day I left, I couldn’t open the window or blinds.
‘I would sometimes leave work early, come home and sleep during the day so I could be awake at night. I was that scared.’
Ms Wilkins said she noticed something strange in the days after the incident.
“I don’t know if I was paranoid or not, but a few days later, as I was walking down the street, I found a pair of black gloves thrown on the ground,” she said.
She took a photo and shared it with the police.
Ms Wilkins said the other victim told her the police forensics unit had found no fingerprints from the house the intruder had broken into.
A NSW Police spokesperson said: ‘Officers from the Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command have received a report and are carrying out investigations.
‘Anyone with information or who would like to report an incident to police is urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.’