October 25, 2005
A woman was brutally attacked inside her home last night and now Charlottesville police are looking for the man who assaulted her.
Charlottesville police say the woman arrived at her home around 9:30 last night. She set a bag in the doorway and then ran back outside to grab her mail from the mail box and that's when they think the intruder entered her home.
Police say a black male struggled with the woman inside her house on Broad Avenue.
The woman was knocked down and she suffered a severe laceration to her head.
Luckily her neighbors heard her screams for help and they called 911.
The woman luckily managed to escape and run to safety.
"We don't know what would have gone on. We don't know--he never said anything about rape, or sex, or anything of that nature to her, but if she hadn't had people that lived above her [that heard her and called 911], we don't know where this may have gone, [or] have led to," said Capt. Chip Harding of the Charlottesville Police.
Police describe the attacker as a black male around 20-30 years old, about 5'10" wearing a sleeveless light colored t-shirt.
Police are not saying this is the work of the serial rapist but they are not ruling it out. They say there are some similarities that make them think it could be related.
Police have not been able to tie an attack to the serial rapist since last August when he attacked a woman on Webland Avenue in Albemarle County.
If you have any information related to last night's attack, police urge you to call Crimestoppers at 434-977-4000.