It was a normal day for a 13-year-old girl in San Jose, California as she walked home from school — until she realized someone was following her. As you can see in the above video, she made her way to her front door when the predator approached her, claiming to be lost. He asked for her name, age and other inappropriate questions.
“That’s when I decided to run inside the house because I’d already unlocked it,” said the girl to ABC News.
“I tried to slam the door on him but I couldn’t.”
Kicking into fight-or-flight mode, the teenager decided to fight. The young girl, who chose to stay anonymous, told ABC News what she did to get away. “He gets inside, then he tried to grab me. So, I push him back, I try to get him off of me. Then I slam my hand into his face.”
After she hit him, the man ran out of the home. The girl then fled upstairs to her parents’ closet, locked the door and text her dad, who then called the police. Once the officers arrived, they looked at the family’s home surveillance footage and realized the man is the same one who is suspected to be involved in another sexual assault case from April with a 28-year-old girl. In both situations, the 28-year-old and the 13-year-old were able to fight off the man.
Officials don’t know where the assaulter lives, even though both cases happened in San Jose. He is described to be a white man around 30, with a beard. The teenager’s family ask for people to share the surveillance video, so someone may be able to identify the criminal.