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Tenants who live on Stratford Circle, in the heart of the Stockton, say they are shocked and upset at the sexual assault of a 63-year-old woman in her apartment.

The street has over a dozen well-kept apartment complexes on it. The fact that a suspect broke into the victim's apartment in the early morning hours of Wednesday was also upsetting.

"Someone is scoping out the place, that's the problem," Elizabeth Mendoza, who lives with her 76-year-old mother on the street, told FOX40.

The age of the victim is a worry since many tenants are elderly.

"When I hear rape, I'm surprised by any age," Gayle Smith said.

Police says this is priority case for them.

"It's disturbing. There is no indication that the suspect, victim knew each other and this is a random attack," police spokesman Officer Joseph Silva said.

Police say they want to speak with anyone who may have been on Stratford Circle at around 4 a.m. and saw a dark complected man with a medium build wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and an Oakland A's baseball cap.

Smith is very jittery because last week a man knocked on her door after mid-night. On anther occasion she confronted a man jiggling the gate at her apartment at nlight. He left when she questioned him.

Neighbors say they try to watch out for each other but that can only go so far.

"Me and my daughter won't go walking in the dark. We'll walk in the light from now on," said apartment tenant Sally Mendoza.

Police say they have no other sexual assault cases with a similar M.O. Investigators will be asking other jurisdictions if they have similar cases.

In the meantime neighbors are being told to make sure doors and windows are locked at night and that any suspicious activity is reported to them.