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Sketch of home burglary suspect in Newark

NEWARK -- Police are asking the public for help in locating a burglary suspect who broke into a home and unexpectedly came-face-to face with a resident inside.

No one was injured during the break-in and the burglar fled the home empty handed, according to a press release issued on Monday.

Officers were called at 10:15 a.m. on Friday to a home on Marsten Drive to investigate an interrupted residential burglary, said Cmdr. Mike Carroll.

The suspect, described as a black man, age 20-25, about 6 feet tall with a thin build, short brown hair and hazel or green eyes, entered the home through a rear window, police said.

When he got inside, the suspect encountered the home's occupant and ran out of the home. He was last seen running eastbound on Central Avenue toward Cedar Boulevard, Carroll said.

Police said the suspect may have been carrying a backpack and that he wore a green and white camouflage baseball cap, a green and white camouflage jacket and dark baggy pants.

During the investigation officers learned a second suspect may have been involved in the burglary after a witness reported seeing him near the home.

Police described that suspect as a black man with a dark complexion, 6'1 to 6'3, 190 pounds with a buzz-style hair cut.

Anyone with information about the break-in is asked to call 510-578-4237. Information can also be left anonymously on the "silent witness" hotline at 510-578-4000, ext. 500.


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