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Evanston police say fingerprints left on a bedroom window have tied a suspect to a break-in attempt near the Northwestern University campus early Monday morning.

Police say a 21-year-old woman confronted a man attempting to enter her home in the 2000 block of Sherman Avenue about 5:30 a.m..

He fled the scene, but police were able to arrest a man matching the description provided by the victim riding a bicycle nearby.

And police say fingerprints found on the bedroom window match those of the suspect, Steven D. Manning, 32, of 116 Keeney St., who’s now charged with attempted criminal trespass and is scheduled to appear in Circuit Court in Skokie on Dec. 7.

Three similar incidents have occurred recently in the same area, Cmdr. Joseph Dugan noted, although Manning has not been implicated in the other incidents.

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The earlier incidents were on Sept. 27 at 5:56 a.m. in the 1900 block of Orrington Avenue, followed four minutes later by an incident in the 1900 block of Sherman Avenue and at 6 a.m. on Nov. 2 in the 2100 block of Ridge Avenue.

Dugan reminded residents to keep their doors and windows locked.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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