FREMONT -- A woman escaped the clutches of a burglar before running to neighbors and calling for help, police said Saturday.

On Thursday at 6:58 p.m., officers responded to what they believed was an attempted residential burglary call on the 34000 block of Spezia Terrace in the Ardenwood Neighborhood.

After officers arrived, they found that the victim had been cleaning an upstairs room when an unknown man grabbed her from behind. The woman struggled with the suspect until she was able to break free and run from her home.

She began yelling to alert neighbors, one of whom called 911.

Several officers responded, but they were unable to find the suspect, police said. He was last seen walking away northbound on Spezia Terrace toward Paseo Padre Parkway.

The suspect is described as a male in his 30s with medium complexion, roughly 5 feet 8 inches tall and about 165 pounds with black hair in a bowl cut and wearing a dark grey hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and black gloves.

The woman sustained minor scratches and bruising, but did not require medical aid.

Police did not say if the man stole any items from the home.

Police are asking that residents remain extra vigilant in locking doors and windows both when residents are at home and when they are away. Suspicious activity should be reported to Fremont police at 510-790-6800, option 3.


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Anyone with information about this crime or the identity of the suspect can call the non-emergency phone line at 510-790-6800 and select option 3. Callers can also call the anonymous tip line at 510-494-4856, use the Nixle Tip feature, or visit www.fremontpolice.org/tip.

Contact Katie Nelson at 925-945-4782 or follow her at Twitter.com/katienelson210.