A 30-year-old woman jumped off a second-story balcony at an apartment complex Wednesday in order to escape a home invasion suspect accused of attacking her with a taser and hatchet, police confirmed.
According to San Diego police, the woman made a daring break for it just before 3:50 p.m. at her Mission Valley apartment located in the 2400-block of Fenton Parkway.
SDPD Lt. Steve Behrendt said the woman had opened her apartment door to a stranger – a 31-year-old man who lives in the neighborhood. The man allegedly forced his way into her home and began assaulting her.
"We believe at one point, he used a taser on her," Lt. Behrendt explained.
The woman was able to get away from the alleged attacker by jumping off her balcony to safety. Her jump from the second-story of her apartment building was witnessed by several neighbors.
"She kept trying to fight and protect herself," said Lt. Behrendt, adding that the woman was not seriously injured in the escape and only sustained some minor scrapes and bruises.
Lt. Behrendt said the suspect then fled the victim's apartment. Several residents in the complex spotted the man running around the area and called police, reporting the man was armed.
When officers arrived at the apartment complex, they located the suspect and arrested him. Police said he would be charged with assault with a deadly weapon, among other counts.
The incident is under investigation. Lt. Behrendt said investigators are still trying to determine what brought the stranger to the victim's home in the first place.
Check back for updates on this developing story.