An armed man broke into a home in the Oakland hills early Friday morning and sexually assaulted and robbed a woman who lives there, police said.
The crime becomes even more disturbing because the woman went through it alone, although her husband and two children were home at the time. They did not hear the commotion and slept through the whole thing, according to a neighborhood watch organizer.
The 38-year-old woman was wakened by her barking dog at her home in the 3800 block of Wilton Avenue, near Redwood Regional Park, shortly before 3 a.m. and went to investigate, according to police.
The suspect, who was armed with a handgun, then confronted her and demanded money, police said.
The suspect later sexually assaulted the woman and fled with some cash and personal items, police said.
The suspect, who is still at large, is described by police as a black man who is between 5 feet 9 and 5 feet 11 inches tall.
The house sits along Wilton Avenue and is backed up to a well traveled hiking trail.
Police are asking that anyone with information about the incident to call the department's youth and family services division at (510) 238-3641 or the sexual assault hotline at (510) 637-0298.