Home invasion leaves Carmel Valley woman tied up

A Carmel Valley woman was tied up and threatened with a knife Tuesday by a man who accosted her as she arrived home, police said.

The 47-year-old victim was pulling into her garage about 11 a.m. in the 10500 block of Whispering Hills Lane behind Sage Canyon School, when she spotted the suspect on the sidewalk, according to San Diego police spokeswoman Monica Munoz.

The woman activated her automatic garage door, but the man got inside before the door closed, Munoz said.

The victim, whose name was withheld, told investigators that her attacker tied her up at knifepoint, took her car keys and demanded the house alarm code when the alarm activated, but apparently got frustrated and ran off.

“We’re not sure if she was targeted of if it was a crime of opportunity,” said Gaylon Sells, northwestern division community relations officer.

The suspect was described as white, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 5 inches tall with a thin build and short hair. He was wearing a baseball cap, light gray zippered sweatshirt and blue jeans, Munoz said.

A police helicopter circled the area Tuesday afternoon and Sage Canyon parents were alerted of the incident. The school did not find it necessary to put the campus on lock down, according to Laura Copic, the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board representative for neighborhood 10.

“The whole neighborhood has been spooked,” Copic said.

In response, a community meeting regarding this incident and related topics has been called for Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 7 o.m. at Grace Point Church at 13340 Hayford Way.

Representatives from the San Diego Police Department’s Robbery Unit will attend along with officers from Northwestern Division and councilwoman Sherri Lightner.

  • Staff writer Karen Billing contributed to this report.