EL CAJON -- An 8-year-old girl fought off a would be home invader early Sunday morning when she awoke to see an unknown man standing in the room she shares with her 6-year-old brother.
The young girl struck the suspect, causing him to flee the scene. The girl told 10News she hit the man by using a self-defense Kung-Fu move she had learned in a class. The move, called the “Cheetah Paw,” involves a partially closed hand strike. You curl your fingers in on themselves, tuck your thumb against the sides of your hand and strike with your knuckles.
The El Cajon Police Department responded to the condo on the 1300 block of Hawk Lane at around 4 a.m. Sunday. Officers conducted a search of the area with a police K-9 but were unable to locate the suspect. As of Sunday evening he was still at large.
The suspect was described as a man with tanned skin, dark "fluffy" hair and a thin build. He had a strong dirty odor and was wearing dark clothing.
Police say the suspect entered the home by removing a screen from an open window. San Diego County residents are reminded to secure doors and windows while the are sleeping or not at home.
Anyone with information related to the case should call the El Cajon Police Department at 619-579-3311.