RIVERSIDE – Police officials are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who entered into an occupied residence and assaulted two women Sunday, Nov. 20. The violent, early-morning assaults happened in the 3500 block of Audubon Place in Riverside; a quiet, tree-lined street east of Main Street and south of Spruce Street.
The attack on the first victim – who was assaulted in her own bedroom – was so severe, it is being investigated as an attempted murder.
Riverside police officers responded to the home at 1:26 a.m., after receiving a 911 call reporting a residential burglary and assault that had just occurred.
When officers arrived they provided aid to the two victims while other officers immediately set up a perimeter around the neighborhood. Despite an extensive search with assistance from a Riverside County Sheriff’s bloodhound, the suspect was not located.
The officer’s preliminary investigation revealed an unknown male suspect entered the victim’s residence through an unlocked bedroom window. Once inside the residence, the suspect began physically assaulting the victim who screamed out and alerted another family member in the residence. When that family member came to the aid of the victim, the suspect physically assaulted her as well. He then fled from the residence in an unknown direction.
Firefighter/paramedics and AMR medics responded to the location to treat the two victims. Medics then transported both victims to a local hospital with moderate but non-life threatening injuries.
The victims described the suspect as an unknown race male, about six feet tall, who was last seen wearing dark clothing.
Based on the circumstances detectives from the department’s Sexual Assault/Child Abuse Unit along with evidence technicians from the Forensic Unit responded to the crime scene and assumed the investigation.
The Riverside Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying the assailant and have asked anyone with information about this incident and investigation to contact Detective Mario Dorado at (951) 955-5809. Callers can remain anonymous.