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Mission Hills prowler attacks homeowner

A Mission Hills man is on edge after he discovered a prowler armed with a machete in his again yard making an attempt to interrupt in his residence. Police need assistance figuring out him.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — While at dinner in Mission Hills on Wednesday night time, Eric Karnezis says he saved receiving safety alerts that there was exercise at his again door.

“I have a look at the video, and I see this man stroll up with a machete and my fruit picker to my door and begins attempting to get in,” mentioned Karnezis.

Karnezis says he raced again to his residence close to Robyn’s Egg Trail simply after 7 p.m. fearing a prowler might have damaged right into a again room the place his 70-year-old mom, who’s recovering from breast most cancers, is staying. 

His Ring digital camera reveals a shirtless man carrying his fruit-picker in a single hand and a machete within the different at his mom’s door.

“I’m operating down these steps and side-stepping quietly,” Karnezis mentioned.

Karnezis checked on his mom, known as police, then checked his yard.

“He was hiding right here in these bushes trying up into the home windows of my visitor home. That’s when he lunged out and attacked me,” Karnezis mentioned.

Karnezis says he wrestled with the person for 10 minutes to get the machete from him. In the wrestle, Karnezis says the person murmured odd issues to him.

“He mentioned individuals are lacking, there are issues taking place in Hillcrest, I want to search out my mates,” mentioned Karnezis. 

Karnezis minimize the person’s hand with the machete, and he was bleeding earlier than he bought away.

“He jumped the fence proper there, and disappeared off into the gap,” mentioned Karnezis. 

Two San Diego Police officers confirmed up and took a report.

“They shined their flashlights into the canyon, and say ‘Oh yeah, he bought away,’ however didn’t ship a canine or helicopter to search for him,” mentioned Karnezis. 

Karnezis posted his Ring Cam video on Nextdoor, the place over 160 neighbors have commented.

Jennifer T. wrote, “If you look on the Citizen App, the man with the machete has been reported a number of instances since March 6.”

Karnezis turned over the person’s weapon, hat and drug paraphernalia left behind to police.

“It did not appear to me like I used to be wrestling a homeless man, it appeared to me like I used to be wrestling a prison. He was clear sufficient and constructed sufficient the place I do not imagine he was homeless, I imply he had on some blue denims and tennis footwear, and he had on a bunch of beads and didn’t actually stink,” mentioned Karnezis. 

Karnezis hopes the prowler is caught quickly.

“It’s about my neighbors, it is about one other outdated girl, who’s going to be behind the door that this man is at with a machete,” mentioned Karnezis.

SDPD says this case is an lively investigation being dealt with by Western Division Detectives. Anyone with data is requested to name police.

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