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Police investigate a sexual assault and attack at gunpoint

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SUFFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

The Suffield Police Department is investigating after a woman was allegedly brutally attacked and sexually assaulted while being held at gunpoint in her own home Saturday.

Police said an unidentified 29-year-old woman was at her home on Thrall Avenue on Friday night and answered the door to a strange man wearing a ski mask twice.

He told her he was having car trouble, but she wouldn't let him in. An hour later, she said she turned around to see him inside her house, pointing a gun.

Police said he made her put her dogs in the basement, and then beat and sexually assaulted her, while holding her at gunpoint the entire time. 

A 911 call was received just after midnight and when investigators arrived, they found the woman lying on the floor, wounded and terrified.

The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

She told police that she did not know the intruder.

Investigators spent all day Saturday with state police collecting evidence at that woman's home, and canvassing the town for any idea as to who this suspect may be.

Police are still searching for the suspect.

The suspect is described as a white man with a muscular build between the ages of 25 and 40, and about 6' to 6'2" tall. He was wearing a red flannel shirt, a gray hooded sweatshirt, work boots, black gloves and a ski mask. 

Police in Suffield have set up two traffic stops in the area to ask passing motorists if they saw anything suspicious in the area.

Neighbors told Eyewitness News that they can't believe it happened in a town such as Suffield.
"I've been here for 15 years and we've never had an issue," said neighbor Jason LePage. "So, it hits home."

Police are warning residents to lock their doors because the woman told investigators she believed the suspect got in through an unlocked back door to the house.

She and her fiance had just moved here in the past few weeks and he wasn't home Friday night.

"I'm sure they're doing whatever they can to find him," said Kelly Wright of Suffield. "But yeah, the fact that he's still out there and could do this again definitely could make you on edge."

Anyone with information is asked to contact Suffield Police Department at 860-668-3870.

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