Man wanted in attempted sexual assault at knife-point during home invasion

Man wanted in attempted sexual assault at knife-point during home invasion

HOPEWELL, Va. (WWBT) - Hopewell police are looking for a man who forced his way into a home and attempted to sexually assault the resident at knife-point.

Police said they a home invasion was reported Sept. 17 around 9:30 p.m. in the 3000 block of Danville Street.

A man forced his way into the home armed with a knife and placed the knife to the victim’s throat while attempting to sexually assault them.

“I might have fallen asleep---but next thing I know my door was kicked in, a gentleman came in while I was on the couch and he put the knife to my neck and he told me not to move," the victim told NBC 12.

She did not want to reveal her identity but says when the intruder told her not to move, adrenaline kicked in and she started to put up a fight. She says he appeared to have a kitchen knife.

“I looked at him and I said “you done told the wrong one NOT to move,”" she explained. “At that point I would rather get cut up than get raped or assaulted."

The woman says it felt like she was fighting the suspect for about 10-15 minutes. As they pushed and shoved, she started to get tired, but found a moment to break free.

"I pushed him hard enough and he stumbled like he was going to fall, and when he did, I grabbed the house phone and dialed 9-1-1 with just one hand, " she said. “The dispatcher said “this is Hopewell Police can I help you?” and when she said that he just looked at me--and he just ran out the door.”

The woman showed NBC 12 the cuts and bruises on her arms and face. She feels the suspect “met his match,” breaking into her home. She says he repeatedly told her not to move, but she “would rather go down fighting than to go down not fighting.”

“If he’s doing this or tries to do this to somebody else, it’s sad, it really is. It’s sad that he is out here doing this to women who have done nothing to him--I hope they catch him," the woman said.

The suspect was last seen wearing denim jeans with a dark colored hooded jacket and dark gloves.

Anyone with information is asked to call Hopewell police at (804) 541-2284.

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