Boyfriend chases attacker after woman sexually assaulted during break-in

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SAN DIEGO – An intruder sexually assaulted a woman Thursday morning in a Little Italy apartment before he was chased from the residence and escaped a police search, authorities said.

[UPDATE: Sketch of man who sexually assaulted woman in Little Italy release]

The assault was reported about 1:45 a.m. in the 2400 block of India Street, San Diego police officer Tony Martinez said.

The intruder was described as a white man with a tan or Hispanic man in his late 20s with a full beard and wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.

A woman told officers she was awaken by the attack before her boyfriend chased the intruder away, Martinez said.

The man fled out an east gate in the complex, and officers searching the area with the help of a police helicopter were unable to locate the attacker, Martinez said.

Detectives were still investigating the assault several hours later.

Police tweeted a sketch of the suspect around 5 p.m.