Police seek man after attempted rape

December 19, 2008 9:18:01 AM PST
Gilroy police are searching today for a man who allegedly assaulted and attempted to rape a woman early Thursday morning.

At about 4:05 a.m. Thursday, the suspect allegedly entered the victim's home in the 100 block of W. Fifth Street through an open window normally used by household pets, according to police.

The suspect accosted the victim while she was in her bedroom, but she was able to move to the kitchen and arm herself with kitchen knives, police said.

The victim fended off the suspect and may have stabbed him before fleeing the home to try to find a nearby phone to call police. The suspect allegedly gave chase while talking about his intentions to rape the victim, according to police.

The woman eventually found a nearby phone and dialed 911, but was again confronted by the suspect before she could speak with operators, according to police, who say the suspect took control of her and pulled her into nearby shrubs.

An officer arrived shortly afterward and briefly struggled with the officer before fleeing the area and avoiding capture, police said.

The suspect is described as a fair skinned Hispanic man in his late 20s who is about 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs about 180 pounds, and is clean shaven with medium length dark brown or black hair, police said.

Police have released a sketch drawing of the suspect, who apparently goes by the nickname "Major."

The victim told police that she has been previously introduced to the suspect, made repeated attempts to contact her against her will.

Family members have apparently been able to persuade the suspect to stay away until Thursday's incident, but did not report any of the suspicious behavior to police.


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