CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Police in Chesterfield County are searching for a person accused of strangling a woman outside her apartment.
The woman told police she was approached by the person in the 11300 block of Briarmont Road around 8:45 p.m. Monday, not far from the shopping centers around Huguenot and Robious roads. She was allegedly strangled until she lost consciousness.
When she came to, she called police and was treated for minor injuries.
Neighbors are still trying to piece together why someone would try to strangle a woman here on Briarmont Road.
"I don't know where it happened or who it happened to," said neighbor Frank Julien.
Julien has lived here with his wife for years and was surprised to hear about such a violent attack.
"It's pleasant enough. Very rarely does anything happen," said Julien.
Very few people were aware of what happened, but some said they recently received reminders from management to be alert and to lock their doors.
"I don't really understand why that would be going on around here," said neighbor Javaun James.
Police say the suspect is large in stature, and was wearing a sweatshirt at the time of the attack, but there's no information about the person's age or gender. It's also unclear what the motive is.
"It's just pure evil to me," said one neighbor.
Police say the woman does not know her attacker. When she regained consciousness, she noticed whoever did this left without taking anything from her.
As for neighbors, they say they'll keep an eye out for suspicious activity.
"You have to take precautions no matter what, morning noon and night. That's the kind of society we have right now," said a neighbor.
Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call the Chesterfield County Police Department at 804-748-1251.
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