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Police: Man Posing as HECO Worker Burglarizes Home

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- A Honolulu woman is trying to recover from a terrifying ordeal after a man, claiming to be a utility worker, breaks into her home.

Mitoko Walter says her heart's pounding after a man, posing as a Hawaiian Electric Company employee, broke into her neighbor's apartment Wednesday.

"I am very nervous," she said. "I feel like it's scary."

A 42-year-old woman told police she was in the shower when the stranger came into the unit, claimed he worked for HECO, and said she needed to get out because there was a fire in the area.

The victim says the intruder sexually assaulted her by touching her inappropriately.

"I feel bad that something like that happened to her because she's a very good woman," Walter said.

The woman told investigators several items were missing from her home.

Officers arrested a suspect nearby. HECO says there's no record of him ever being an employee of the company.

"If you're approached by somebody who represents himself as a utility employee, what you should do is ask for proper identification first before you have any type of prolong contact with this person," Darren Pai, Hawaiian Electric Company, said.

Walter used to leave her door open during the day.

"From now on, we're going to start lock, lock the door," she said.

A good safety tip for all.

A 56-year-old man is at the main police cellblock on suspicion of burglary and sex assault. He hasn't been charged.

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