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Thu September 13, 2012
Woman Attacked After Interrupting Burglary In Process
A Las Cruces woman was attacked inside a home Wednesday afternoon when Doña Ana County Sheriff’s investigators believe she interrupted a burglary in progress in the 4600 block of Tetakawi Court, west of North Valley Drive.
The home was reportedly in foreclosure. The woman, an employee of the contractor, had gone to the home around 12:30 p.m. to take photos.
Investigators say the woman entered the home and locked the door behind her. Moments later she was met by a white male, described as “vagrant-looking” with a thin build, shaggy blond hair and a goatee.
The man attacked the woman, hitting her in the back of the head with a small bat. After a short scuffle, the woman was able to escape to a neighboring house and called 911.
Deputies and investigators surrounded the area to search for the suspect, which included a brief lock-down of East Picacho Elementary School.
There were no signs of the man at the home, where signs of a forced entry were found through a back window. A K-9 unit was called in for assistance and the roof was also searched.
Investigators say the homeowners were in the process of moving out of the house, but nothing of value was missing.
The woman was taken to a Las Cruces area hospital and was later released.