An investigation is underway after detectives say a man broke into two apartments and entered the rooms of young girls in a San Marcos neighborhood.
The man entered the first apartment at the 500 block of Rush Drive just before 5:15 a.m. Sunday and was kneeling by the bed of a sleeping 7-year-old girl, San Diego sheriff's Detective Karen Stone said. When he noticed that the girl was awake, the man stood up and ran out of the apartment through a sliding glass door.
At about 5:50 a.m., sheriff's deputies received another call from the same apartment complex. There, the suspect had entered a room where an 8-year-old girl and her mother were both sleeping, Stone said
The mother awoke to find the suspect lying on the floor next to her daughter's bed and chased the suspect out of the room.
"I said, 'Who are you? Get out of here!'" the mother told 10News. "And I hit him a couple times in the back. "
The man again escaped through a sliding glass door, jumped from the second-story balcony and ran off, Stone said.
"He hit the dirt and his legs slipped out from under him and his whole body hit the concrete pretty hard," the mother said. "He scrambled to get up and as he was running down the concrete right here, I saw him pick something up off the concrete and took off running."
She added that nothing was taken from her home.
The suspect in both cases was described as a black male between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall with scruffy facial hair. He was wearing a beanie, white t-shirt and dark pants, Stone said.
Police initially thought this might be connected to similar incidents from last year. On Monday, investigators said they do not believe that is the case.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the sheriff's department non-emergency line at (858) 565-5200. You can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.