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Intruder stabs woman, threatens return

The woman entered her Elk Drive home to find an intruder rummaging through her kitchen. The woman entered her Elk Drive home to find an intruder rummaging through her kitchen.

An Arab woman is recovering after a frightening ordeal in which she surprised a home intruder who then stabbed her.

It happened at a home on Elk Drive around 11:30 a.m.

The woman said she came home to find a man in her kitchen rummaging through drawers. The man picked up a kitchen knife from the counter and lunged, stabbing the woman in the wrist.

Her attacker ran away when the woman managed to hit the panic button on her home alarm system. The system put in the call to police, who quickly responded to the home.

Officers searched the surrounding area but were unable to locate the man. The woman told police she had no idea of the man's identity.

The woman said the attacker was dressed in camouflage, wore a black mask, and stood about 5'7." Police said there were no signs of forced entry and are currently unsure how he gained access to the home.

"Until we get a lead, we are just waiting for more details to come out," said Shane Washburn, Assistant Chief of Police. "It's hard to find a subject when you don't have any information to go on."

The woman was taken to the hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Police said the wound was millimeters from an artery.

What has the community on edge even beyond the attack, is the words the man said before he left. "The last thing he said to her was that he would be back tonight to finish the job," said neighbor Corey Kimbrell.

Kimbrell wasn't home when the incident happened, but news traveled fast. "It was way too close for comfort. I won't sleep a wink tonight. I'll stay up listening for [the dogs] to bark... If he is crazy enough to do this in the middle of the day, I wouldn't put it past him to come back tonight, not at all."

Officers are asking people in the neighborhood to be alert through the night, and to call police immediately if they see anything suspicious.

Chief Ed Ralston said a couple of people were interviewed Friday who fit the description, but it turned out they were not the ones.

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