(CNS) – An 80-year-old South Pasadena woman escaped today from an alleged would-be rapist, who was taken into custody. Police said the only thing that saved the woman, who was being threatened with a knife, was that family members came home and startled the intruder, who fled but was captured nearby.
The 51-year-old parolee entered the woman’s residence in the 1000 block of Indiana Avenue about 7:40 a.m. and initially asked to charge his cell phone. When she told him to leave, he pulled a kitchen knife out and threatened to kill her, according to police.
The assailant then forced her into a rear bedroom and face-down on a bed, while holding the knife against her. He was trying to tie her hands behind her back while beating her with his hands and fists when family members came home and interrupted the attack, police reported.
With the help of police from Pasadena, Los Angeles and San Marino, the suspect was captured in the 5100 block of Huntington Drive in Los Angeles.
The man, whose name was not immediately available, is a parolee at large with “a significant violent criminal past,” according to a South Pasadena police statement.
He was being booked at the Los Angeles County Jail on suspicion of multiple crimes, including attempted murder and burglary.
The woman, whose name was withheld, was taken to a hospital for treatment.