Police: Man tries to sexually assault woman before stealing her car in Little Italy

Posted at 1:36 PM, Oct 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-15 12:26:05-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego Police are searching for a suspect who they say tried to sexually assault a woman before stealing her car.

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 the tan, 1998 GMC Jimmy with California license plate 7VOY594.

The man is described as a 25 to 30-year-old white male with a medium complexion who is five feet, five inches tall with a thin build, has dark, curly hair and is unshaven.

The suspect was last seen wearing a white baseball cap with black stripes and stars resembling an American flag, a black short-sleeved t-shirt and tan shorts with dark, high-top tennis shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call San Diego Police’s Sex Crimes Unit at 619-531-2210.