A woman's screams early Sunday morning scared off a man wearing a cowboy hat who had broken into her apartment in an unincorporated area near Des Plaines, Cook County sheriff's officers said.
The woman awoke about 4:45 a.m. Sunday after hearing a noise in her bedroom in an apartment building on the 9000 block of Kennedy Drive.
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She began screaming, awaking her roommate in another room, who then called 911.
The intruder, who had apparently entered through a window, fled out the apartment's door.
Described as a white man, the intruder is 30 to 40 years old, 5-feet-10 inches to 6 feet tall and clean shaven. He was wearing a white jacket and white shoes, in addition to a white cowboy hat.
A search of the area did not turn up any additional information, police said.
Sheriff Thomas Dart reminds people to keep windows and doors locked. Other safety tips include keeping a charged cellphone near the bed, as well as an air horn to scare intruders.
"The women did the right thing by calling 9-1-1 quickly," Dart said in a release.