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Homeowner encounters knife-wielding burglar in kitchen

Posted at 5:24 PM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 20:48:03-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A Bankers Hill man returned home to a knife-wielding man in his kitchen, leading to a frantic dash out of the neighborhood.

"I heard my neighbor pull up. I'm a light sleeper. Within a couple minutes, I heard sirens coming from every direction," said Tom.

Tom, who asked us not to identify him, says two Sundays ago before 1 a.m., surveillance cameras showed his neighbor parking in front of his home. In the video, the homeowner is seen walking to his front door. An outdoor light turns off, and suddenly, another light comes on. Tom says that's when his neighbor encountered a stranger in his kitchen.

"He came home and found the guy standing at his back door with a bottle of alcohol from his cabinet, and a knife from his butcher block. He backed off a bit and called police," said Tom.

The intruder ran out the back. He is then seen making his way to the front of the home, across the street and right to Tom's front door.

"He tries to get into my house. It's locked so he takes off down the street," said Tom.

Tom says a man fitting the same description has been spotted stealing bikes and casing homes in the area. As for the recent break-in, Tom says it's not clear how the man got in, but video of the motion-activated lights suggest he was in the home for nearly an hour.

"It's more than a violation. You start to lose your sense of security, and that's the worst part of it," said Tom.

The intruder is described as a white male, between 20 and 30 years old, 5’6"-5’8", 155 lbs, with tattoos on both forearms. He was wearing a grey shirt, dark pants, and a hat turned backwards. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call San Diego Police at 619-531-2000.