An investigation is underway today for a man who broke into two apartments and entered the rooms of young girls in a San Marcos neighborhood early Sunday.

The suspect entered the first apartment at the 500 block of Rush Drive just before 5:15 a.m. and was kneeling by the bed of a sleeping 7-year-old girl, San Diego sheriff’s Detective Karen Stone said. When the suspect noticed that the girl awoke, he stood up and ran out of the apartment through a sliding glass door.

Sheriff of San Diego County

At about 5:50 a.m. sheriff’s deputies received another call from the same apartment complex. There, the suspect had entered a room where an 8-year- old girl and her mother were both sleeping, Stone said

The mother awoke to find the suspect lying on the floor next to her daughter’s bed. The mother chased the suspect out of the room, where the man again escaped through a sliding glass door, jumping from the second story balcony and fleeing on foot, Stone said.

The suspect in both cases was described as a black male, between 5 feet- 7 inches and 5 feet-9 inches, with scruffy facial hair. He was wearing a beanie, white t-shirt and dark pants, Stone said.

— City News Service

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.