Huntington woman with special needs attacked in home invasion

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - ORIGINAL STORY: 2/7/2019, 11:04 a.m.

A woman with special needs is hospitalized after police say she was beaten by an intruder at her home in Huntington.

West Virginia State Police Troopers say a man broke into a home on West Pea Ridge Road at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, where a woman with special needs lives with her mother, who's in her 90's.

Police say the intruder hit the woman in the head, choked her and threatened to kill her.

Then he left without stealing anything.

WVSP Sgt. B.K. Wellman said. "It looked like he'd been walking around the house maybe looking into windows. I don't think he thought anybody was there. I think he was scared when he located her. After the assault took place, he fled the home."

The victim was taken to St. Mary's Medical Center in Huntington for treatment of her injuries, and stayed there overnight Wednesday.

She told investigators she didn't know the man who attacked her.

The victim wasn't able to give a description of the suspect to police, but she did say he left in a gray car.

Darrell and Kay Wells live a couple houses over and are friends of the family.

"I'm so sorry for them," Darrell said. "Something had to be wrong with him. I can't help but think maybe he was on drugs."

"I hate cowardly people like that," Kay said.

Police hope tips from the public help point toward a suspect in this case.

If you may know anything about this case, call the WVSP Huntington Detachment at 304-528-5555.