SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Police have arrested a man they say tried to sexually assault a woman in Little Italy before stealing her car.
Police say the man, identified as Christopher Merron, 28, was arrested Monday on several charges, including assault with intent to commit a sex crime, brandishing a deadly weapon and auto theft.
According to police, the incident happened on the 1700 block of India Street at 4:33 a.m. Sunday.
Police say the man walked into Cafe Italia while the victim was cleaning. The man then pushed the woman into a back room where he tried to sexually assault her while wielding a Bowie knife.
The woman was able to fight the suspect off before he grabbed her car keys and drove out of the area in her vehicle.
Anyone with information is asked to call San Diego Police’s Sex Crimes Unit at 619-531-2210.