SAN MARCOS, Texas -- Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect who assaulted a resident during a burglary.
Police said the 20-year old victim suffered minor knife cuts on his arm early Wednesday at Avalon Apartments, on 1703 IH 35 North, just after midnight.
The suspect is described as a white man, approximately 5’ 10” tall with a thin build. He has thinning short hair and tanned skin. The suspect was described as wearing a black or grey t-shirt and jeans.
The attack happened after the victim returned to his apartment shortly after midnight and discovered that his front door was open.
Police said the suspect, armed with a small knife, was inside the apartment and holding a laptop computer. The two struggled and the victim was cut several times on one arm.
The suspect fled on foot in an unknown direction.
The victim knocked on a neighbor’s door for help, but when no one answered he ran to the nearby La Quinta Hotel where EMS and police were called. He was treated for minor cuts to one arm.
Police said the front door to the victim’s apartment had apparently been forced open.
"While there have been no other similar crimes reported to the San Marcos Police Department, there has been a recent spike in residential burglaries of single family homes in the city," police wrote in a press release.
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect is asked to call the San Marcos Police Department at 512-753-2108 or the Criminal Investigations Division at 512-753-2300.
Those who have information and wish to remain anonymous may give their tips to Hays County Crime Stoppers at 512-353-TIPS (8477).
To send an anonymous tip via text message to the San Marcos Police Department, text the keyword SMPD and your message to 847411 (tip411).
The public may sign up online for the Citizen Observer alert system at www.citizenobserver.com and under the communities tab, sign up for alerts with San Marcos Police and Hays County.