SANTA ANA, Calif. (FOX 11) - Authorities said that two teenage girls reported sexual assaults in Santa Ana just hours apart. Now, police are working to determine whether the alleged crimes are related.
Santa Ana Police said that around 12:15 a.m. Monday, a teenage girl was reportedly sexually assaulted inside her home, located in the 1000 block of N. Lincoln Avenue.
The teen told authorities that she was asleep in her home when the suspect crawled into bed and woke her up.
"This person started like touching me in the wrong way and that’s when I knew that something was wrong and I turned and there was a man, he was around his 30s or 40s, and I had never seen him before, I don’t know who he is,” the girl told FOX 11.
The teen reportedly yelled for her mother, who came in and confronted the man. Authorities said that he ran out of the house.
As investigators were interviewing the girl, police were notified of a second incident that happened nearly 12 hours later.
Police said that a 17-year-old girl was walking home from summer school classes at Century High School, located in the 1400 block of South Grand Avenue when she was allegedly sexually assaulted by two men. The crime reportedly happened around 11:15 a.m. Monday near the railroad tracks in the area of East McFadden Avenue.
In the second incident, authorities said that the two men are believed to be in their late 20s or early 30s.
The teen was transported to the hospital with serious injuries, including head and sexual assault trauma. The teen remains hospitalized and her current condition is unknown.
Investigators said that it's possible that the two cases are unrelated, but have not made any arrests in either case at this time.
Anyone with information on either incident is asked to call the Santa Ana Police Department at 714-245-8665.