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Armed man follows woman home, sexually assaults her

SAN DIEGO – A man followed a woman through her parking complex to her University City home before forcing her into her apartment and sexually assaulted her, police said Monday.

The Venetian in University CityThe woman in her 20s was walking toward her home in the Venetian Apartments at 3929 Nobel Drive Saturday around 10:30 p.m. when she noticed a man following her through the parking garage, San Diego police Lt. Paul Phillips said. As she unlocked her apartment door the armed man knocked her to the ground and demanded she give him money.

He proceeded to force woman into her apartment and choked her before sexually assaulting her, Phillips said. He ran away.

Police described the suspect as a black man in his mid to late 20s, about 5-feet, 10 inches tall, weighing 180 pounds with an athletic build. He had short black hair and a black beard. He wore a gray hooded sweatshirt, gray shorts with red stripes on the sides, black sneakers and black backpack.

The victim suffered facial fractures and remained in the hospital Monday, police said.

Capturing the assailant is a high priority for police, the lieutenant said. SDPD detectives and other officers have been around the University City area searching for the man since Saturday night.

"This is a very violent individual,'' he told reporters.

The man was brazen enough to stalk the victim through well-lit areas before attacking her, Phillips noted.

"And she did nothing to bring this on herself,'' he said.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in the case.

Anyone with information about case should call SDPD's sex crimes unit at 619-531-2210. Anonymous callers can contact CrimeStoppers at 888-580-8477.