Man left fighting for his life after break-in at Clairemont home

SAN DIEGO -- A 58-year-old man who called his son Friday morning to say there had been a robbery or burglary at his Clairemont Mesa East home was later found injured and unconscious and has remained that way since, police said.

The victim called his son, who was at work, about 11:45 a.m. from their home in the 4100 block of Ashford Street, according to San Diego Police Department Lt. Matt Dobbs.

"The son called the police and began driving home," Dobbs said. "When the son arrived at the home, he found his father inside suffering from apparent trauma to his upper body.

"San Diego police officers arrived a short time later and discovered the man was not breathing. The officers began CPR, until being relieved by San Diego Fire-Rescue Personnel. The victim was transported to the hospital, where he remains in intensive care."

Police have learned that a safe is missing from the home, but the victim, who had been alone in the home, has not regained consciousness, so investigators have little to go on, Dobbs said.

"Due to the nature of the incident and the victim's condition, the San Diego Police Homicide Unit was called to the scene and will be handling the investigation," Dobbs said, adding that no suspect information was immediately available.

The victim's name was withheld.

Anyone with information that could help investigators find out what happened to the man and who took the safe was urged to call the SDPD Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.

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