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VIDEO: Woman records confrontation with man claiming to be charity worker

Posted at 6:35 PM, Nov 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-04 08:09:56-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego Police officers responded to a call from a Pacific Beach woman who recorded a confrontation with a solicitor claiming to be a charity worker.

Sarah Jarzabek said she began recording the incident at around 3 p.m. Saturday when the man became increasingly aggressive toward her and her neighbor.

"Scared to death, honestly," Jarzabek told 10News, after reflecting on the incident. Jarzabek and her friend Emily Herton were watching a movie at her home when a stranger knocked on her door.

"He said that he came from Ohio, from Cleveland," Herton told 10News. "He said he was trying to raise money for some missionary work for children."

The women admit they thought it was a joke but as the man continued with his story claiming to be a missionary and spreading God's love, they felt something did not seem right.

"He had four different I.D.s behind his one I.D.," Jarzabek said.

When she told him that they did not have cash to give, she said the man angrily left her front door and marched toward her neighbor's home. That is when she started to record him on her phone.

"I was going to warn [the neighbor], and then the guy, he flips a switch," Jarzabek said.

The 12-second video shows the man lunging toward Jarzabek trying to cover the camera then take multiple swings.

"He chases me across the street, and screaming that he's going to kill me," Jarzabek said.

Jarzabek said she and Herton barricaded themselves inside her home and called 911.

San Diego Police told 10News that the man was gone by the time an officer responded. An SDPD spokesperson says that because the man did not actually touch Jarzabek, officers did not file an official report.

After the incident, Jarzabek posted the video on Facebook and recruited the help of their local Guardian Angels. Within hours, many people replied on the post about their recent encounters with the same man.

The people commenting on the post said he was some sort of charity worker describing himself as a Christian missionary, domestic abuse organization volunteer, or reformed criminal organization volunteer. Commenters also described the man becoming confrontational when they refused to give him money.

Other commenters claim to have seen him scoping out neighborhoods in Ocean Beach and other San Diego communities.

Jarzabek hopes her post raises awareness about dealing with questionable door-to-door solicitors.

"It takes a lot to make me feel endangered, and this guy literally shook me," said Jarzabek.

San Diego Police said they would like to speak with the man in the video. In the meantime, they encourage residents to place "No Soliciting" signs on their front doors.