15-year-old girl stabbed in her home by stranger, cops say

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VISTA, Calif. — Authorities asked the public to help identify a teenager who stabbed a 15-year-old girl in an apparently unprovoked attack.

The attacker, who appeared to be in his mid- to late teens, walked into a home in the area of East Drive and North Santa Fe Avenue about 9 a.m. Monday and asked for directions to a nearby business, according to sheriff’s officials. He left, but returned about an hour later and attacked the girl, who was treated for a non-life threatening stab wound.

The motive for the crime was unknown, Deputy Adriana Uribe said.

The attacker was described as between 5 feet 5 and 5 feet 10 inches tall, and 160 to 200 pounds. At the time of the assault, he was wearing a gray or black hooded sweat shirt, jeans and possibly a black San Diego Padres hat. He was riding a small green bicycle.

Anyone with information about the case was asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477 or contact the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.