Alfred: Wires Down and Outages

A serious assault was reported on Academy Street in New Haven. (WFSB)

Neighbors expressed their shock after a violent assault in the Wooster Square neighborhood of New Haven.

Police said a woman was attacked inside her apartment early this morning.

Channel Three's New Haven bureau chief Matt McFarland spoke with residents of the area.

Wooster Square is known for beautiful green, the cherry blossoms and nearby Italian restaurants.

But violent crime is not something that is common in the area, which is why residents of the area were left in disbelief after hearing about the home invasion.

"For something like this to happen is unusual to the point of incredible. It just does not happen," resident Marc Osborne said.

Police said they got the call for a burglary in progress, just before 4 p.m.

That's when officers found the 25-year-old victim with wounds to her head and face.

"Wooster Square is supposed to be safe. I walked my dog every night at 10 o'clock at night. It's definitely scary," resident David Busch said.

Police said the only description they have have of the attacker is that he is either a white or Hispanic man.

We're told the woman was rushed to Yale New Haven Hospital. She was initially listed in critical condition, but police said she's since been upgraded to stable and is speaking with investigators.

Throughout the morning, detectives with the robbery and burglary unit spoke with neighbors as crime scene investigators gathered evidence.

"This is one of the great urban neighborhoods in America. Anywhere these terrible events can happen and they do," Osborne said.

All day residents of the area have been commenting on why this incident is so alarming in such a friendly area with low crime.

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