Chula Vista Police are warning residents about a man who entered a woman’s apartment, climbed into her bed and touched her buttocks.
At about 6 a.m. Wednesday, the man got into an apartment at the Villages at Bonita Glen on Sandalwood Road.
The suspect stood by a bed where a woman was sleeping, and then he crawled into bed with her, touching her buttocks.
Police say In an attempt to fool the suspect, the woman told the suspect she had to use the bathroom, so she was able to escape and alert her husband, who had been in another room.
"The important thing is the victim made a decision and that decision in that circumstance kept her safe," said CVPD Sgt. Matt Smith.
As the woman escaped her bedroom, she noticed the suspect was still in her apartment trying to hide, so her husband called police. The suspect finally left, though the victims tell police he took his time.
"He walked off very nonchalantly, very casually, didn't draw much attention to himself," said Smith.
The suspect returned later wearing a different colored shirt, standing by an adjacent apartment, according to Smith. When confronted, the suspect ran toward Bonita Glen Drive.
Nothing was reported missing and no one was injured, police said.
Still, the incident has neighbors thinking twice about if they locked up or not.
"That's crazy. Definitely locking the doors. We have a child and everything, and it's not a country road where it's safe, especially these days, so that's not cool at all," said resident Malorie Johnson.
The police arrived within four minutes of the call and searched the area but could not find the suspect.
He is described as a thin, male adult with a medium complexion, 30 to 35 years old, approximately 5-feet, 6-inches to 6-feet tall, wearing all dark clothes and possibly later wearing dark clothing with a red shirt. He is still at large.
Police recommend that residents keep their exterior doors and windows locked to prevent break-ins and to report suspicious activity to law enforcement.
Police are asking anyone who might have information about the case to contact the Chula Vista Police Department at (619) 691-5151 or the Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-5477.