MASTIC BEACH, N.Y. (PIX11) – A man is wanted for breaking into two homes and assaulting their occupants in Mastic Beach, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.

Police said a man got into a home around 4 a.m. on Oct. 10 through an unlocked window. He then attacked a 78-year-old woman in the house, according to authorities.

The man is believed to have also broken into a home around 12:40 a.m. on Oct. 17, police said. He assaulted a 75-year-old woman during the break-in, according to authorities.

Both women were alone at the time of the attacks, police said. They were taken to area hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries.

Suffolk County police are advising people to take precautions at home.

“Lock your doors and windows. Leave exterior lights on overnight. Trim hedges or bushes in front of windows to prevent somebody from hiding behind them. Check in with your elderly neighbors to make sure this message is reaching them,” said John Rowan, chief of detectives at the Suffolk County Police Department.

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call the Seventh Squad at 631-852-8752 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls can remain confidential.

Erin Pflaumer is a digital content producer from Long Island who has covered both local and national news since 2018. She joined PIX11 in 2023. See more of her work here.