NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- A woman was beat up and sexually assaulted in her New Haven apartment, after a homeless man forced his way inside on Friday.
Police say they responded to a call that a man had broken into a Yale University owned apartment on Edgewood Avenue around 6:15 PM.
When police arrived, they got a glimpse of the suspect through the window attacking a woman inside. Officers forced their way into the apartment and pulled him away from the victim.
The suspect was identified at Kenneth Jackson, 52, who's address is a homeless shelter on Grand Avenue.
Jackson had knocked on the door of the home earlier and asked the victim if he could help her clean up some trash. She declined his offer and he then left.
An hour later, he returned and forced his way inside. He then beat up the victim and when roommates heard the commotion, they called the police.
Police say the assault escalated to sexual assault when the officers came to her rescue.
"Well I mean it is a concern. I've lived in New Haven for a long time so I am aware of what I should not be doing, so yes I try to be safe. I usually don't answer my door unless I am expecting someone. Usually, I will call them to make sure it's them. It's scary. But you just have to be careful," said Sarah Moore, a New Haven resident.
Jackson was charged with home invasion, sexual assault, robbery, assault and burglary.
The identity of the victim is being protected and will not be released.
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