Man breaks into North County woman’s home, then strangles her

ENCINITAS, Calif. – A man was booked into jail early Thursday on suspicion that he forced his way into the home of a North County woman and strangled her, authorities said.

Shortly before 4:45 p.m., the woman approached her front door after walking her dog in the 800 block of Hygeia Avenue in Encinitas, San Diego County Sheriff’s Sgt. George Crysler said in a press release. That’s when investigators say 53-year-old Shane Anthony Crawford came up behind her and asked to use her bathroom.

The woman refused his request and opened the door, at which point Crawford grabbed her, pushed her into the house and began to choke her, Crysler said.

Hearing the sounds of an attack, another resident came to help the woman. Crysler said the resident intervened and fought Crawford and forced him out of the house as he fled in a vehicle. The victim’s condition was not released by the agency.

Agents later found Crawford using suspect and vehicle descriptions provided to dispatchers. He was observed by officers pulling over to the side of a nearby road where another woman was jogging.

Crysler said officers thought Crawford might try to assault the woman and intervened.

He was arrested and booked just after 1:45 a.m. Thursday at the Vista Detention Center, jail records show. The sheriff’s department described him as having a “violent criminal record” and he had been out of custody on bond for a DUI arrest.

He now faces a series of charges, including robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, assault with the intent to commit a sex crime, kidnapping, false imprisonment and committing a felony while out on bail.

Crawford is due to be arraigned on the charges Thursday.

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