San Diego police detectives are searching for an unknown suspect who allegedly assaulted a woman with a knife in her own yard, slashing her stomach area several times.
According to investigators, the knife attack happened at around 3:45 a.m. Tuesday morning in the Clairemont Mesa East area.
A female resident was woken up by her barking dogs and went to the side of her home to check on her pets. There, she found an unknown male lying in her yard.
When she approached the man to check his welfare, he jumped up and began waving around a knife with a four-inch blade, police said.
The victim sustained three non-life threatening slash wounds to her abdominal area.
The suspect fled into a nearby canyon and was not immediately located by police.
The woman was transported to a local hospital and later released, investigators said.
Police said the knife-wielding stabbing suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his 40s with a dark complexion and a full beard. He’s between 5-feet-10-inches to 6-feet tall and weighs approximately 200-pounds.
He wore a dark jacket, jeans, black Army-style boots and dirty dark blue beanie cap during the assault. Investigators believe he could possibly be a transient, as he is described as dirty and having a foul odor.
Investigators released a composite sketch of the alleged assailant Friday night.
Anyone with information about this suspect should contact the SDPD at (858) 552-1700 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.