A suspect in a Costa Mesa sexual assault narrowly eluded police, authorities said.
About 1 a.m. on Jan. 27, a man got into a 32-year-old woman’s apartment on Mendoza Drive near Mission Drive through an unlocked sliding glass door and attempted to sexually assault her until he was scared off, Costa Mesa police reported.
The suspect was described as dark-skinned, possibly black, about 25 to 30 years old with a thin build. He was wearing black pants and no shirt.
About 9:30 p.m., Wednesday Feb. 13, a man got into an apartment on Valencia Street near La Salle Avenue, possibly through a window, and sexually assaulted a woman he cornered in her bathroom at knifepoint, police said.
The suspect was described as a black man in his 20s about 5-foot-5 with a thin build. He was wearing a hooded shirt over a white T-shirt, and he had a bandana partially covering his face.
The suspect switched off the lights after he cornered the woman, police said.
There were no signs of forced entry, according to police.
About 2 a.m. today, an officer working in the area saw someone who matched the suspect description in an alley near Mission and LaSalle, police said.
The suspect was a black man about 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-10 with a thin build who was wearing a blue or dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with baggy pants and sandals.
When the suspect saw the officer, he ran toward a flood-control channel north of Mission Drive, with some residents and the officer giving chase, police said.
Police scoured the area, but could not find the suspect.
Police warned residents to make sure their windows and doors were locked and to report any suspicious activity by calling 714-754-5252.