Intruder Sneaks into Home, Assaults Child

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LEMON GROVE (CNS) - An unidentified man snuck into an East County home early today and sexually assaulted a 7-year-old girl, authorities reported. 

A relative of the victim discovered the intruder in the home in the 7000 block of Canton Drive in Lemon Grove about 2 a.m., according to sheriff's officials. After the family member tried in vain to restrain him, the assailant ran out of the home and fled the neighborhood, possibly on a skateboard. The perpetrator was described as a thin, roughly 5-foot-7-inch black man in black gym pants and a black hooded jacket. He appeared to be in his early to mid-20s, authorities said. 

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 or contact the agency online at Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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