CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are investigating a sexual assault that occurred early Thursday morning in north Charlotte.

According to police, officers were called to the 4500 block of Wynbrook Way in reference to a breaking and entering.

Once officers arrived, the victim told them that she was asleep inside her home when she awoke to a male suspect who attempted to sexually assault her. She told police that she and the suspect got into a physical altercation and the suspect fled from the residence on foot.

"She's disabled, so she's not as agile as your average person," said the victim's son. "She was sleeping and she woke up to somebody sitting in her bedroom."

"She called out to him and he jumped up (and) ran in the bathroom," he said. "When he came back, he had his face kind of covered and he tried to take off her garments."

"I work all the time, so now I got to worry about if I leave them at home, is somebody going to come in," said a father to three young daughters. "You can't work like that, worrying about things every day."

The suspect is described as a black male, around 20 to 25 years old with a thin build and six feet tall.

During a press conference Thursday afternoon, CMPD said they are stepping up community and police patrols in response to the reported assault.

Anyone with information is asked to immediately call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.