Good Samaritan credited in Oakland home invasion suspect's arrest

Oakland Police are crediting a Good Samaritan for the capture of a home invasion suspect who allegedly assaulted a woman inside her home early Friday.

Oakland Police said the incident happened on the 2500 block of Fenham Street at the Lockwood Gardens housing project around 4:15 a.m.

A person in the area heard the woman’s screams for help and called 911.

“When officers arrived on scene, they too, heard a woman that was in need,” Officer Marco Marquez said.

Marquez said the home invasion suspect allegedly took off a window screen and entered the woman’s ground floor apartment. The man is accused of physically assaulting the woman and attempting to sexually assault her. Marquez said the suspect broke a bedroom window and jumped out when officers arrived.

“It appears that he knew officers were surrounding the residence and he wanted to make a quick exit,” Marquez said.

Marquez said the victim is in her 40’s. She lives by herself. He said the department is crediting the Good Samaritan who notified them.

“A citizen heard something out of the normal and actually took action,” he said. “That right there with the help of law enforcement, helped stop this crime.”

The 26-year-old suspect was taken to hospital for injuries he sustained after he jumped out the window. The woman was also taken to a hospital and has moderate injuries to her face, according to police. She is expected to be OK.