Investigators released a sketch Tuesday of a man who tried to grab a girl in Poway.
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department said on Tuesday that the 17-year-old girl was walking her dogs through the Countryside Apartment Complex in the 12550 block of Oak Knoll Road at about 10 p.m. when the incident occurred. The girl had just reached the dog park at the back of the complex when a man grabbed her arm and tried to pull her behind a nearby laundry building.
The girl's dogs, though, had other ideas and scared away the attacker, who was chased by one of the animals as he fled to a dark four-door sedan. Investigators said they believe somebody else was driving the vehicle, but there was no description of the driver.
Sgt.Bill Giltner with the San Diego Sheriff's Department said, "The dogs did a wonderful job of protecting the owner."
Residents who live in the apartment complex said they were surprised to hear of the attack. Flyers with the suspect's description and sketch were posted throughout the complex Tuesday.
Rasa Jakstiene, a mother said, "I was shocked. I was really shocked."
The girl, who was physically unharmed, said her attacker was a Latino man is his late 20s or early 30s. He was clean-shaven, 5 feet 9 inches tall and has a medium build. He was wearing a white T-shirt, dark pants and a striped, knit cap.
Anybody with information about the case is urged to call deputies.