A man broke in to a home in the 100 block of Hawthorne Avenue early this morning and "may have been about to commit a sexual assault on the female resident," Palo Alto police stated in a press release.
The woman called 9-1-1 at about 2:11 a.m. and officers responded within two minutes, police said. Police along with a canine unit from the Mountain View Police Department searched the area but were unable to find the intruder.
Police said the resident, a woman in her 20s, "was awakened by an intruder in her bedroom." She screamed and the intruder -- described as a male with average build -- fled after a brief struggle, according to police. The woman had a bruised wrist but was otherwise unhurt and did not require medical attention, police said.
"It appears as though the suspect gained entry to the residence by forcing open the front door of the residence," police stated in the release.
The intruder was wearing a hooded dark jacket or sweatshirt and dark pants. The woman could not determine the man's age or race, police said. Palo Alto police are actively investigating the crime and are asking anyone with information to contact the 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.