Police investigate pair of assaults in Golden Hill neighborhood

SAN DIEGO - Authorities warned Golden Hill residents on Tuesday about a pair of recent home-invasion assaults on women in the neighborhood.

The first of the two crimes occurred on March 10, when an intruder sneaked into a house in the 2400 block of E Street, grabbed a resident and sexually assaulted her, according to San Diego police. Police on Tuesday released the sketch of the intruder suspected in that incident.

Kathryn Jordan recently moved to Golden Hill and had not heard of the two assaults until now.

"I usually have a friend walk me home but sometimes he can't, but I'm thinking on those nights, it's worth it to spend $10 on a taxi," she said.

On April 14, a woman woke up in her home in the 2400 block of Broadway to find a strange man choking her, SDPD sex-crimes Lt. Chuck Kaye said.

Neighbor Rhoads Osbourne remembers hearing something bizarre at about 5 a.m. that day.

"There was just a very loud noise," Osbourne said. "It was like someone moving furniture around by themselves." 

He knew something was not right so he and another neighbor banged on the woman's door asking if she needed help.     

It may have been just in time. Police said the intruder tried to rape the woman. She told Osbourne she elbowed her attacker and kicked him until he gave up and ran away.

"Her fighting was key," Osbourne said. "It was absolutely critical."

The assailant fled possibly in a light-colored four-door imported car with tinted windows and shiny rims, according to Kaye. A surveillance camera captured images of the vehicle, Kaye said.

Investigators do not know whether the same man committed both crimes.

There are some similarities in both assaults but police are waiting on DNA results before they can link the two cases together.

Anyone with information about the assaults was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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