WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- On Tuesday morning, residents in the neighborhood of 6200 West and 3500 South were awoken by the sounds of police sirens.
“Police came to my door and asked if we had heard anything in the morning, around 5:30 a.m., or if we heard any screams or if we saw anyone walking around the neighborhood,” said Keisha Walker, who has lived in the area for several years.
The officers were there looking for a man, who had just fled the area after allegedly trying to attack two women.
“An 88-year-old woman was sitting in her kitchen when a man came into her house through her unlocked door and he tried to assault her. She started to scream and put up a fight and he ended up taking off,” said Roxeanne Vainuku, public information officer for West Valley City Police Department.
After the encounter, the man did not leave the area, according to authorities. He instead turned up outside another home 40 minutes later.
“About two blocks away from her house, a woman who was getting ready for work noticed a man watching her from her sliding glass door that goes out to her backyard,” Vainuku said. “She screamed, ‘I’m going to call police.’ She picked up the phone and again he took off.”
The man is described as a white male, approximately 20 years old. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a dark-colored beanie and a green shirt.
Authorities are checking the Utah Sex Offender Registry to see if anyone in the area matches the description.
“I’m not really safe in my house right now or around my neighborhood. I’ve never had anything like this happen before,” Walker said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact West Valley City Police at 801-840-4000.