Santa Ana

Mother Scares Off Attempted Sex Assault Attacker

The mother's scream scared off the man, who was trying to assault the woman's daughter

Police on Wednesday released a composite sketch of an intruder who attempted to sexually assault a woman in her Santa Ana apartment, but was scared off by the victim's mother.

The attempted assault happened about 2 a.m. Sunday, July 30 in the 3200 block of South Main Street, said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

The victim, who is in her 20s, heard a noise at her front window and saw the suspect standing outside, he said. The suspect had removed the screen and ordered the woman to the window, indicating he had a gun and threatening to shoot her if she did not comply, Bertagna said.

When the woman refused, he crawled through the window and attempted to sexually assault her. The victim's mother heard the commotion, and when she saw what was happening, she screamed, prompting the suspect to run away, Bertagna said.

The Adagio at South Coast apartments are a gated community that require residents and visitors a key to get into the complex. It is unclear if the attacker lives in the property or managed to sneak in. 

Officers on Wednesday were handing out copies of the sketch in the neighborhood where the attack happened, which is mostly apartment buildings, he said.

The suspect was described as Latino, 25 to 30 years old, about 5-foot-9 and weighing 170 to 190 pounds, with short, dark hair and a mustache.

Anyone with information about his identity was asked to call detectives at (714) 245-8378. Orange County Crime Stoppers will accept anonymous tips at (855) TIP-OCCS.

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