Police are searching for a man they believe attacked a woman in her Fort Worth home last month.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Jose Galindo (Armando) Mendoza, 28, police said.
Just before 5 a.m. Oct. 22 in northwest Fort Worth near 23rd Street, a woman fell asleep on her couch after coming home late for work.
Surveillance video in her home shows the suspect peeking around outside the home, coming in through the window and walking around the apartment before, out of the camera’s view, he approaches the sleeping woman.
“I woke up to him putting his hand over my mouth and nose and strangling me with the other hand,” the victim, who chose not to be identified for fear of retaliation, told WFAA last month.
She told the station that he commanded her to take off her clothes and she is then seen struggling with the man. As she yelled while attempting to climb out the window, the suspect ran away.
He is believed to have previously lived down the street from the victim, police told WFAA.
Mendoza is described as being a Hispanic male, 5 feet 5 inches tall and 210 pounds, police said.
“Anybody who’s bold enough to go inside someone’s residence knowing they’re home is someone we’re concerned about,” Sgt. Marc Povero told WFAA.
Police have been unsuccessful in finding Mendoza and believe he is or has already made his way back to Mexico.
This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.