SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A man is in custody after allegedly breaking into a Lincoln Park home Saturday night and assaulting a 57-year-old woman.
Police say the man attacked the woman after she opened the front door to her apartment just before midnight. The man is accused of breaking off part of a nearby fence and then trying to force his way into the apartment, but the woman's two sons managed to tackle him and hold him until officers arrived.
"Her sons encountered the male. They protected the home as well as their mother. While the fight was ensuing between the sons and suspect, the mother ended up getting hit on the head," said San Diego Police Sgt. Mark Stephens.
The woman suffered non-life threatening injuries during the altercation and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Medics also provided medical treatment to the suspect who was sitting in the back of a police car. He admitted to police that he had been under the influence of alcohol earlier that day.
"He was sweating profusely when officers did contact him and he was chased from the residence by the victim's sons. We haven’t determined whether or not he was under the influence of narcotics and/or any type mental issues," said Sgt. Stephens.
The suspect was transported to a local hospital to be treated for a minor injury he sustained during the scuffle with the woman's sons.
Police say there are currently investigating the motive for the attempted break in.