A man who entered an occupied house early Tuesday morning (Jan. 19) in Woodside evaded capture by San Mateo County sheriff's deputies after the homeowner chased the man off his property.
At around 4:15 a.m., a homeowner heard noises from outside his house in the 600 block of Mountain Home Road, according to the Sheriff's Office.
The homeowner got out of bed to investigate and saw an unknown man enter the house through an unlocked door, deputies said. The door had been unlocked for a reason, but that reason is "not being released," deputies said.
The man confronted the homeowner, shining a bright light in his face, then turned around and left the home, deputies said. Neither man said anything. "There was no conversation since they were both startled," deputies said.
The homeowner, a man in his 50s, chased the man for several hundred yards until he saw him disappear into a wooded area, deputies said. There were no damages to the property.
In the house at the time was the homeowner's wife, also in her 50s. The household does not have a dog, deputies said.
Deputies arrived 13 minutes after the 911 call and searched the area but could not find the man. The only description information available has the man wearing a dark colored hooded jacket and carrying a flashlight, deputies said.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact sheriff's detectives at (650) 363-4055 or (650) 363-4064. Callers who choose to remain anonymous can call (800) 547-2700.