05/27/2015 04:12 EDT | Updated 05/27/2016 05:59 EDT

Vancouver police issue warning about masked man who attempted sexual assault

VANCOUVER - Police in Vancouver are investigating an attempted sexual assault of a woman who awoke to find a masked man on top of her.

Sgt. Randy Fincham says the 21-year-old woman was asleep in her bed at about 6 a.m. when she realized a stranger in dark clothing had entered the room.

Police say the woman managed to fight off the Asian man who was between 20 and 30 years old and who ran from the home on the city's west side.

The woman called 911, and police searched the neighbourhood but were unable to find a suspect.

Police say the woman was left distraught by the ordeal.

Officers are expected to search for evidence, including any video showing the assailant, and want anyone with information to contact police.