Man enters house, targets young woman

A man who entered a Fallbrook home on Alvarado Street in the early morning hours of Friday, August 23 appeared to be seeking contact with a 21-year-old woman who lived there. The man entered the residence at about 5 a.m. through an unlocked screen door in a bedroom in the rear of the residence.

Sheriff’s Detective Dan Laibach said the victim, who is not being identified at this time, “did not recognize the person and he didn’t speak, so she never heard his voice.”

The victim, who resides in the home with her mother and adult brother, said while she was sleeping, the man climbed in bed with her and began trying to remove her clothes. She said he was “breathing heavily” and estimated him to be about 5’9” tall with closely-cropped hair or a shaved head, wearing a tight t-shirt. When the incident began, the victim began calling out for her mother.

“I was awake; I wake up early; being a single mom, I am always listening for odd noises,” her mother said. “I heard her making noise, so I got out of bed, opened my bedroom door and looked up and down hall. I didn’t see anything or anyone at the time, then I heard my daughter yelling again.”

By the time the victim’s mother got to her side, the screen door was wide open and the suspect had run out of the residence.

Laibach said authorities were able to collect a good amount of evidence at the scene and it has been sent to the Sheriff’s crime lab for investigation. The case is being treated as an attempted rape.

When asked if any other cases similar to this have taken place recently, Laibach said, “At this time, it appears to have been an isolated incident; we haven’t experienced another case like this in the past year or so.”

Laibach said given the isolation of the incident, it may be possible that the man had seen the victim previously and located where she lived.

“Without her knowledge, he may have followed her home and was waiting for an opportunity,” he said.

The mother said she regularly reminds her daughter to lock the doors and windows, but that she “has always felt secure in her own home.”

Sheriff’s Dept. crime prevention specialist John McLelland said the best way for residents to protect themselves against unlawful intrusion is by performing certain safety precautions.

“It is a good idea to always keep your doors and windows locked,” said McLelland. “Open doors and windows can be a tempting invitation.”

Whether one is a young woman, youth or adult of any age, McLelland said, “Everyone should always be aware of their surroundings. If you suspect something wrong, go to a safe location, call a close friend, or the Sheriff’s Dept. at (760) 728-1113.” And if attacked, McLelland said, “Scream, kick, hit, bite, and fight like your life depends on it.”

While this intruder was foiled in his attempt, it left fear in its wake for this Fallbrook family.

“I just feel that God was watching over my daughter and she did not get raped; she did not get hurt,” said her mother, “but he terrified her and has now made us uneasy in our own home; it’s horrible.”

18 Responses to "Man enters house, targets young woman"

  1. Fallbrook res.   September 5, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    This is why I love my two large barking dogs. It’s so hard to lock up the house on a hot night, not everyone has the money to turn on the cool air. Glad everything turned out o.k.

  2. Fallbrook Resident   September 5, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    They live on Alvarado and she left the window/door unlocked??? WOW! Heck, I’m a "hilly" and even I don’t do that. I do remember the days (years and years ago) when we felt safe to do that. It is a shame that this village has degraded so much that we cannot leave our windows open and enjoy the cool night air (granted, I sometimes do, but my weapons are at the ready).

  3. be careful   September 5, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Never… ever… leave your doors unlocked, no matter how safe you feel. We might not have though much about it before, but not now. Not in 2013!

  4. Abel Avalos   September 6, 2013 at 5:20 am

    What Block of Alvarado? I live by Alvarado st. so, I am WORRIED!!!! Please let us Know the Block not the address!!!!

  5. Sam Jones   September 6, 2013 at 9:04 am

    I appreciate a good watch dog, just as long as folks don’t let them go on and on. That, unfortunately, happens all too often.

  6. Relax   September 6, 2013 at 9:23 am

    This is likely one isolated incident. I’ve lived in fallbrook for 30 years and haven’t closed my windows in the summer and haven’t locked them EVER unless I’m out of town. Get a dog/gun if you’re worried. In ur 30 years I’ve lived here I haven’t experienced one attempted break in or burglary. We live in a safe town, despite what any of you paranoids think.

  7. I agree   September 6, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I agree, it probably was an isolated incident – this time – but who ever this creep is he probably targeted this young woman (if she’s 21 I have to wonder if she was followed home from a bar or party..). Regardless, he probably won’t return to scene of the crime but it’s a fact that he will probably try again. Ladies, be careful and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

  8. grunt   September 6, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    I fully agree with Relax and others on keeping a dog – single ladies in my neighborhood all have dogs- from large to small, all bark at strangers. (Does not brother me as I have large dogs). Any dog barking after dark draws the attention of the men in the neighbor – esp early morning. (like 2 a.m.)

  9. An Alternative   September 6, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I keep two cans of Wasp Spray close at hand. They give me the advantage of being able to shoot a long stream and do so in an accurate way. Once your attacker is hit in the face with the spray they will be temporarily blinded and rendered pretty much useless. That is the time to leave quickly and call for help.

    By having cans of Wasp Spray around the house (but away from toddlers) you don’t have to be worried about being in possession of an unregistered weapon or finding ammunition if the weapon is not loaded. If the attacker takes your can of wasp spray from you and uses it against you it is not lethal and your “injury” will be temporary. No one gets hurt and there is a better than even possibility that the attacker will be captured by law enforcement while trying to find his or her way home.

  10. tdave   September 7, 2013 at 9:21 am

    #9 – I would suggest getting some pepper spray. I’m no lawyer, but hosing someone down, even an intruder, with a toxic chemical is opening a legal can of worms. Glad to see you’re prepared, though.

  11. Reality Checker   September 7, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Tdave, are you suggesting people stop and think twice about what they use for self protection out f fear of a friggin lawsuit? Are you kidding? I’ll use anything at my disposal to defend myself up to and including firearms or wasp spray, or even cat pee if it were available. Meaning, I don’t care what I pick up and use, I’ll use whatever is needed, whatever is close, and wouldn’t give two sheets what anyone thinks about it. Your concern of getting sued is ludicrous. If you stop to think about getting sued, you might get yourself dead.
    I would rather be tried by 12 than carried by six.

  12. reality bites   September 8, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Reality Checker is obviously one of those "Bitter Clingers". LOL.

  13. Joemamma   September 8, 2013 at 9:19 am

    I have guns and a couple of Pit Bulls (I did not get the dogs for protection they are rescues) and they work great. Too bad the government is constantly trying to take them away.

  14. Mom of lots   September 8, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    You know, I do not see how the police can say that this looks to be an isolated situations nd that she was specifically targeted. There is always a first time for all perpetrators and they do NOT STOP until they are caught. He will do this again and will become more bold each time unfortunately. When perpetrators and sexual deviants begin, they are scared off pretty easily. But in time, they become more bold and get worse and worse. This man poses a danger to the community and will continue to until he is jailed and will again instill he is jailed again. And again and again.

  15. Fallbrook Mom   September 9, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I agree with "Mom of lots."

  16. Reality Checker   September 10, 2013 at 7:14 am

    reality bites,
    Hopefully it never happens, but one day you might wish there was a "bitter clinger" around to save you. It won’t be such a funny joke then, eh.

  17. Pink   September 11, 2013 at 9:38 am

    We need neighborhood watch in our neighborhoods. People watching out for people. Let’s get this sick SOB off of our streets.

  18. Reality Checker   September 15, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Well, according to that logic, we all just sit cowering in our homes hoping no men in hoodies ever break in. We’ll do our neighborhood watch from the comfort of the sofa. That’s much more effective and will protect all the neighbors much better.

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