Escondido woman who found stranger groping her in her room speaks out

Police say incident may be part of a series

ESCONDIDO, Calif. - An Escondido woman shared with 10News the horrifying moment she woke up in the middle of the night to find a man in her room touching her. 

It’s the sixth similar incident in North San Diego County in recent weeks.

Investigators say it appears the man who is breaking into homes where people are sleeping is targeting girls and young women.

In each of the six cases, including a house in Escondido on the 1500 block of Magnolia Place, it appears that the man is entering through unlocked windows and doors.

An Escondido mother of two is still shaking from what she awoke to Wednesday morning around 2:30 am.

For storytelling purposes, we'll call her Maria, since she doesn't want her identity made public.

“The face was all covered," Maria told 10News reporter Preston Phillips.

Philips asked, "Did he have a mask on?"

"I think so. All I saw was his eyes," said Maria. “He was sitting on my window. I was laying on my bed. He was playing on my breast."

At that point Maria screamed for her husband and the man who had a hand on her breast, who authorities believe may be involved in five other similar incidents in North San Diego County, took off running.

“I was scared, I was disgusted that he was touching me, next to my kids because they were laying next to me,” said Maria.

Her children are three and seven years old.

Maria says she keeps the windows open for fresh air at night because it gets too hot inside her house that has no air conditioning.

She says she did have the screen on, but the man who groped her, pulled it off before he made it halfway into her home.

Now neighbors are concerned and taking measures to keep something similar from happening to them.

Preston Phillips asked, "Have you done anything different like locking doors, windows since this happened?"

“Yeah we have to be more careful,” said a neighbor named Victoria.

Maria says the man who broke into her house and groped her was wearing a blue and black long sleeve checkered shirt and appeared to be between 25 and 30 years old.

If you have any information, contact police at 760-743-TIPS (8477) or via the Escondido Police Department's website at police.escondido.org.

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