SANTA ANA, Calif. (KTLA) — Police are searching for a man who tried to rape a woman in her own driveway.
The attack occurred around 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Police say the woman had just arrived home and was getting out of her car when a man hit her in the face.
The woman was able to scream and honked the car horn, prompting relatives to come out of the home, which scared the man away.
“She was screaming… I heard her crying,” the woman’s daughter told KTLA. “I didn’t even stop to ask her what was wrong. My instinct was just to run after the guy.”
The daughter almost caught the suspect, tripping him twice, but he managed to get away.
“I regret not being able to catch him. I regret that he’s still out there and that there’s a possibility he could go after someone else,” she said.
“I would do it again and again for my mom. I know she would put her life on the line for mine.”
The suspect rain to an area at 15th and Ross where skaters are known to hang out, police said.
He left his skateboard on the street and continued running. Another skateboard came by and picked it up.
He is described as Latino, 15 to 20 years old, 5’5″ to 5’7,” with a thin build and light acne on his face.
He had a long black ponytail reaching the middle of his back and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and black skinny jeans.
Detectives believe the suspect may live, work, attend school or have friends in the area of northeast Santa Ana.
Anyone with information is asked to call Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-847-6227 or Santa Ana police at 714-245-8378.