BETHLEHEM, Pa. -

A Lehigh University female student is lucky to have been left unharmed after an intruder broke into her home.

According to police, the female victim was asleep in her off-campus apartment on Monclair Ave. at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, when she was disturbed by a noise.

She woke up to find a man standing above her who fled when she screamed.

The victim described the intruder as either a Hispanic or light-skinned African-American man, approximately 30 years old, with a heavy-set build.

She said the man was wearing glasses, a light-colored baseball hat and a blue and white sports jersey.

Sgt. Jeffery Herzog of the Bethlehem Police department confirmed that the victim was never touched during the incident.

He said although her handbag was stolen, she was not injured.

The handbag was recovered down the street from the student's apartment, Herzog said.

There had been a "minimal amount" of cash in the handbag which was no longer there when the bag was recovered, according to Herzog.

Lehigh University Police are urging students to remain vigilant with regard to safety and to take basic precautions such as making sure that all doors and windows are secured at all times.