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Photos of Person of Interest in Brutal Home Invasion Attack Released by Oceanside Police

Oceanside police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man of interest in the assault of a woman in her Capistrano neighborhood home.

A camera built into the doorbell of a neighbor's home captured the man as he knocked on the front door at around 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The video shows the man talking to someone in the home for about 40 seconds before he turns around and walks away from the porch.

Footage from a doorbell camera shows Oceanside PD's man of interest knocking on the front door of a neighbor to the victim.

That video is where police gathered the still images that they released publicly Friday.

Oceanside Police Department (OPD) Detective Ryan Malone said a man entered the victim's home later that evening, attacked the woman with his fists and knocked her unconscious.

The woman's husband was at home at the time of the attack, but was in the backyard. Malone said he had music playing and was unable to hear any commotion.

Malone said the victim, in her 60s, was eventually able to walk to the backyard and tell him what happened.

The woman underwent surgery for injuries to her carotid artery and is expected to be in the hospital for the next couple of weeks, Malone said.

"I've looked at the video probably over a dozen times," the victim's neighbor Lulu said. "It's scary.

Lulu said her 17-year-old son answered the door and was asked questions by the man about current political topics.

"He was acting kind of odd," Lulu said. "He wasn't really making eye contact or anything. He was looking around, checking the surroundings in the front of the house."

Police say the man had a beard, a thin mustache and was wearing a Los Angeles Rams beanie. They also say he rode a red bike.

Neighbors say the man has been seen in the neighborhood before.

A man visiting family living next door to the victim said he was working in the garage when he saw a man on an old bike ride up to the home at around 5 p.m.

"I'm new to this place, I don't know anything so it looked like somebody that just knew the place," Mr. Garcia said. "Next thing I know somebody came running down the street saying the lady got beat up."

Garcia said he never saw the man on the bike leave the home.

If you recognize the man in the photos you can contact Oceanside Police Detective Malone at 760-435-4537.

Police do not believe the man is linked to any similar incidents in or outside of Oceanside.

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