by Photo courtesy of the San Diego Police Department

The San Diego Police are working to identify a man suspected of following a woman last week into her backyard in the College Area and are requesting help from the public. 

According to San Diego Police Department Lieutenant Matthew Botkin, the woman went into her home on April 27 after the man followed her into her backyard on Mary Lane. The woman and several roommates locked themselves inside their home as the man lingered outside. 

The residence is located in the neighborhoods west of College Avenue, Montezuma Road, and south of the San Diego State University campus.

Police say the man stayed in the backyard for about 15 minutes, and during that time, he attempted to open several doors and peered into the home. 

Images of the suspect were captured through surveillance footage were provided by the SDPD, but descipton was not included in the press release. The images show that the suspect was Black with a thin build, short hair, and facial hair. He wore a blue zip-up hooded sweatshirt, baggy turquoise or green pants, and athletic shoes. 

Last week’s incident took place in the same block of an unrelated case that occured in February, when the SDPD sought out the public’s help in identifying a man that would peer into the windows of college-aged women in the late evening hours. Authorities say the man is suspected of at least six cases dating back to June 2020. 

In that case, authorities described the suspect as Black, roughly 30 to 40-years-old, bald, seen wearing black-framed prescription-style glasses and a short beard. He is roughly 6 feet tall and weighs about 180 to 200 pounds.

Anyone with information regarding these incidents are asked to call the San Diego Police Department at (619) 531-2000, or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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