Police were searching for a male who sexually assaulted a woman during a home-invasion in the Northridge area, LAPD said Thursday.
The incident began around 1 a.m. Wednesday when the male entered the victim’s residence in the 18600 block of Vintage Street, according to a Los Angeles Police Department news release.
A neighbor told KTLA the man got into the house through a door or window that had been left open.
He then proceeded to sexually assault the victim, police officials said in the release.
The victim tried to talk him out of it, but the man attacked her and took off, according to the neighbor.
LAPD did not provide any information about the woman’s condition. Police initially described the victim as “elderly,” but the neighbor said she was in her 60s.
Police asked for the public’s help in locating the male involved in the assault.
He was described as Hispanic, or possibly Middle Eastern, standing 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a muscular build and black hair rolled up in a bun, the release stated. His age was unknown.
The LAPD’s Robbery-Homicide Division, Sexual Assault Section, was investigating the case.
Anyone with information has been asked to contact Detective Kim Fairchild at 213-486-6910. During non-business hours or on weekends and holidays, calls should be directed to 1-877-527-3247.
Anonymous tips can also be left by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.