SAN DIEGO — A woman was taking the trash out in an alley when a man grabbed her, held her at knifepoint and sexually assaulted her Saturday night.
Police say the woman was taking out the trash around 6:30 p.m. in the alley near her building on Van Dyke Avenue in the City Heights neighborhood. As she walked back from the dumpster, a man grabbed her from behind, wrapping one hand around her throat and holding a knife to her face with the other.
The man forced her to walk a short distance and then sexually assaulted her before running off.
Police released this composite sketch of the man:
The man was described as black, 25 to 35 years old, and about 6-feet tall with an average build. Police said he had long dreadlocks which came down to his chest. He was well-groomed, had a goatee and possibly an earing in his left ear, police said. He was wearing a black sweatshirt with sunglasses hanging from the collar, black pants and black shoes.
The woman said he smelled strongly of cigarette smoke and had a very deep voice.
Police are searching for the man and asked anyone with information on his identity or location to call the SDPD Sex Crimes Unit at 619-531-2210. People can also submit a tip anonymously at 888-580-8477.
The San Diego Police Department warned the public to “be conscious of your surroundings with a plan in place to call 911 if you need help.”