Man arrested in connection with Ocean Beach sexual assault

Incident occurred in the 2100 block of Abbott St.

SAN DIEGO - A woman was groped in her Ocean Beach home and a suspect was later found by police in the victim's backyard, a San Diego police sergeant said.

The assault in the 2100 block of Abbott Street was reported to police at 5:43 a.m., said Sgt. Dan Lasher.

The unidentified victim was sleeping on her couch when she awoke to find a man groping her, Lasher said. The woman pushed the man away, ran to the bathroom, locked herself inside and called police.

The man was discovered in the backyard of the victim's residence by police, Lasher said.

He was identified by the woman and was booked on suspicion of sexual assault. His name was not released.

Ocean Beach resident Erin Phebus told 10News, "It's so scary for our neighborhood and I just hate that there's someone out there doing that."

Police are investigating if the man is connected to other sexual assaults in the neighborhood.

"We always try to see if there's a nexus to other crimes in the area with a similar motive," said San Diego police Lt. Brian Goldberg.

The most recent occurred a couple of weeks ago when a 25-year-old woman was tackled and groped in an alley way. Police say the attacker in that incident ran off when someone walked by.

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