62-Year-Old Housekeeper Fights Off Man Who Tried to Sexually Assault Her in Granada Hills; Suspect Arrested

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A man was arrested in the attempted sexual assault of a 62-year-old housekeeper at a home in Granada Hills, police said Thursday night.

The incident occurred about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 16800 block of San Jose Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

LAPD provided this sketch and surveillance image of a man who attempted to sexually assault a woman in Granada Hills on Aug. 5, 2015.

LAPD provided this sketch and surveillance image of a man who attempted to sexually assault a woman in Granada Hills on Aug. 5, 2015.

The attacker told the woman that he wanted to speak to her about a recent break-in in the area, according to a flier distributed at an LAPD news conference downtown Thursday.

When the woman opened the door, he pushed past her and attacked her, police said. She was able to fight back and the man fled.

A man whose identity was not released was arrested Thursday evening, according to LAPD Sgt. James Onthank. No details about the arrest were released.

The San Jose Street homeowner, Alice Gratias, said her housekeeper was alone when she opened the door to a man who said his name was Kevin and identified himself as a neighbor.

“He knocked her down, but she just got up and kicked him really good in the crotch. He fell down, and he ran away,” Gratias said.

“She was a fighter. She had extra strength at that time,” Gratias added.

The victim is 62, police said.

Just minutes earlier, the man had approached a woman the driveway of another home in the 17000 block of Minnehaha Street. He asked her if he could use her cellphone or go inside the house, LAPD Officer Nuria Vanegas said. Police were called and he left.

That woman's neighbor, Barbara Turner, said she called 911 after the neighbor said she had seen the man three times.

"It just seemed to me that it should be be reported in case something happened later on, which, unfortunately, I understand, did happen," Turner said.

In the second incident on San Jose Street, a neighbor's surveillance camera captured an image of the man near Gratias' home, police said, and a sketch of him was provided to news media.

Police said the incident was being investigated as an attempted sexual assault, not a home invasion.

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