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Woman fends off attacker in Willimantic home invasion

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Woman fends off attacker in Willimantic home invasion (WFSB) Woman fends off attacker in Willimantic home invasion (WFSB)
WILLIMANTIC, CT (WFSB) -

A man reportedly forced his way into a Willimantic home, but he was no match for his victim.

On Wednesday, at about 1 p.m., police said a woman was assaulted by an intruder inside of her home.

“She had a knock at the door. She was expecting a family member. She then opened the door,” and the man forced his way inside and started hitting her, said Willimantic Police Corporal Stanley Parizo Jr.

Police said the victim was knocked to the ground, but she was already thinking about her next move.

“In the process of assaulting her, she was able to fend that gentlemen off by the use of something she found near her. She struck him in the head,” Parizo Jr. said.

Police said the suspect got away on a bicycle, and they tried using K9s to track the suspect but the search was unsuccessful.

Thankfully, the woman was not hurt.

Willimantic police said they need the public’s help finding the suspect.

“He was wearing some sort of bandanna on his head, a red shirt, black or blue jean shorts with either red or black sneakers,” Parizo Jr. said.

Suzanne Schwartz and her fellow neighbors on Park Street will be keeping a closer eye on each other, all because of what happened a few doors down on Wednesday.

“We watch each other around this neighborhood to make sure nothing happens. There's a lot of kids on this street,” Schwartz said.

Police are still searching for the suspect and they believe he is injured after being hit by the victim.

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