FREMONT -- A woman who was grabbed from behind in her home on April 4 was not the victim of a failed burglary, but an escapee of a potential sexual assault, Fremont police said Wednesday.

Police first responded to a home on the 34000 block of Spezia Terrace in the Ardenwood neighborhood around 6:58 p.m. Thursday for a reported attempted residential burglary.

The victim had been cleaning an upstairs room when an unknown man grabbed her from behind, police said. 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.

After further investigation, however, police say they believe the attack was more than just an assault on the victim, but that the suspect entered the residence specifically with the intent to commit a sexual assault.

It is unknown if the suspect followed the victim into the home or was already waiting inside, according to a news release. When he grabbed the woman from behind, she could see that the suspect's face was covered by a mask.

The woman described her attacker as a man in his 30s with a medium complexion, roughly 5 feet 8 inches, about 165 pounds with black hair -- a bowl cut -- and wearing a dark gray hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and black gloves.

Police said they have not had any similar reports from other residents since the April 4 incident.


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Anyone with information on the case is asked to call police at 510-790-6800 and select option 3. Anonymous tip can be left at 510-494-4856 or www.fremontpolice.org/tip.

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