A man and his girlfriend in San Diego’s Normal Heights community awakened to a bizarre, frightening scene Thursday morning when a screaming naked man holding garden shears charged through the window of their home.
George Teichmann was just waking up around 8 a.m. at his house in the 4500 block of Wilson Avenue near 36th Street when a stranger busted through the window of his bedroom and started yelling at him.
“This was pretty insane. I woke up to that guy with garden shears trying to come through the window. He basically just broke the glass and was swinging [the shears] at me," Teichmann told NBC 7. "He got really close to me in bed.”
“I turned over – my bed is next to the window – just in time to see him break the glass and reach in for me,” he continued.
Teichmann said the nude intruder was leaning into the house through the window, partially inside his home. Teichmann said the man then ran over to the front of his house and began breaking glass there, too.
Teichmann was home with his girlfriend, who was getting ready for work at the time of the strange encounter. He said he had to act quickly to protect his home, so he grabbed a baseball bat and used it to push the suspect back and keep him out of his house before police officers arrived.
“I didn’t want to hit him. I was hitting the side of the house, trying to make a lot of noise to scare him out,” he explained.
Some of Teichmann's neighbors, including Shane Liston, heard the commotion and told NBC 7 the suspect was yelling at the residents to let him in.
“I heard a bunch of yelling, so I came running out. I saw the man just screaming and hollering. And he goes up to this house, and randomly starts breaking the window, screaming, “‘Let me in! Let me in!’” Liston recalled.
As the man broke through the window of the home, he cut himself, witnesses said.
The San Diego Police Department said the incident was first reported as a stabbing because on the next street over, the naked man was allegedly chasing another man through the neighborhood, threatening him with the pruning shears.
Police said the other man ran away and the suspect did not stab him.
The naked man then wound up at the house on Wilson Avenue, smashing through the window and threatening Teichmann and his girlfriend with the shears, police said.
When officers arrived, they took the naked man into custody and loaded him into an ambulance. His name was not released. Investigators said no one other than the suspect was hurt.
Police said the man will be charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.
"I didn't see this coming," Teichmann said. "I'm just glad I'm okay and I'm glad my girlfriend is okay."