Scottsdale police are searching for a man who raped a 21-year-old woman at knifepoint Monday morning in her apartment, police said.
The woman said the attacker, armed with a knife similar to a paring knife, entered the apartment just before 11 a.m. and was wearing pantyhose over his head, police Sgt. Doug Dirren said.
She fought the man after the rape and ran to a bathroom, where she called 911, Dirren said. The woman was not wounded by the knife, he said.
There were no signs of forced entry to the second-floor unit at the Archstone Old Town Scottsdale apartments, 2929 N. 70th St., Dirren said. The victim told detectives the door had been locked after her female roommate left that morning.
“When we got there, the front door was locked, and we had to force entry to get to her,” Dirren said.
The man was gone and the woman still locked in the bathroom when police arrived.
The attacker is described as white, about 30 years old. He was also wearing an orange and white vertical striped shirt and blue jeans, Dirren said.
A sketch of the rapist was not yet available.
Jackie Puma, a 19-year-old resident of the apartment complex, said notices posted Monday about the sex assault advised residents to be “extremely cautious.”
She said it worries her how the man got into the apartment.
“Especially because our gates are always open at night, and we have a wall that's just 3 feet high that anyone could jump,” Puma said. “But then this guy probably had to be watching the girl to know she was there and how to get into her place.
“There's always been break-ins of cars, but nothing like this,” she said.
The rape is the first this year in Scottsdale in which the victim did not recognize the assailant, police said. No similar attacks have been reported recently in Scottsdale, Dirren said.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at (480) 312-5000.