A Palo Alto woman woke up early Wednesday to find a man in a dark hooded sweatshirt standing in her room, police said, prompting an unusual manhunt in a typically quiet city.
Police said she struggled with the man, who entered her home at Hawthorne Avenue and High Street about 2:20 a.m. She screamed, and called 911 and the man ran away.
Police said the woman did everything right, adding her actions may have saved her life.
He is still at large.
The woman suffered a bruised wrist, but was otherwise uninjured, police said.
Police said it appears the intruder intended to sexually assault the resident.
Officers searched for the suspect with a K-9 unit from the Mountain View Police Department. The suspect was only described as a male with an average build wearing a dark hooded jacket or sweatshirt and dark pants, according to police.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Palo Alto Police Department's 24-hour dispatch center at (650) 329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voicemail to (650) 383-8984.
Bay City News contributed to this report.