Sulphur Springs woman attacked in early morning home invasion

Police believe assault was pre-meditated

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Nov 27, 2007 - Sulphur Springs police are investigating an early morning home invasion in which a woman reportedly was attacked by two men.

The incident is being treated as a home burglary, and evidence found at the scene indicates the attack was likely intentional.

Officers were contacted at about 1:20 this morning to respond to the 1200 block of Main Street. They were greeted by an upset resident, whose mouth was bloody and who said she’d had a tooth knocked out as a result of an assault.

The woman told police that she heard someone knock at her front door and went to answer it. She turned the lock, asking who it was. The person called a name she didn’t know. When she said she didn’t know anyone by that name and attempted to re-lock the door, a white male forced the door open.

The resident claims the white male entered the residence and began striking her multiple times in the face with a closed fist causing injury, bleeding and the loss of a tooth.

While struggling with the man, the resident called for help from her son, who she said was asleep nearby on a couch. As she cried out, she saw another person behind her. Both suspects left through the front door when she called for her son. When the son woke up and came to the door, both suspects were gone.

Footprints indicated the pair likely fled west toward Azalea Lane. Police began searching the area but were unable to locate the suspects.

The assailant was described as slender in build, and estimated to be between 6 foot and 6 foot, three inches tall. He was wearing a camouflage toboggan with face holes. The second suspect had a short and slender build, and also had a toboggan pulled over his face.

The victim was treated by Hopkins County Emergency M edical Services personnel.

The woman told police she hasn’t had problems with anyone lately nor did she know of anyone who would want to harm her, according to offense reports.

No further details of the case were available this morning as the investigation was in the beginning stages.

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