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Sketch released of suspect in Akron hammer attack; reward also offered in case

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Suspect in Akron hammer attack (Photo Credit: Akron Police)

AKRON, Ohio -- A sketch has been released of the suspect in a violent hammer attack on an Akron woman in December, and a reward has also been offered in the case.

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Akron police say that on Dec. 1, Karen Albright, 65, was hanging up Christmas decorations on her Dodge Avenue front porch when she was approached by a female.

The woman asked Albright if she could borrow her phone.

When Albright said no and walked into her house, the suspect followed her. The suspect apparently picked up the hammer that Albright had been using and assaulted her multiple times. She then took Albright's purse and fled.

A reward of up to $2,000 is being offered by Summit County Crimestoppers, and an additional $2,000 is being offered by Ken Stewart's Grille for information leading to the identification or arrest of the suspect.

The suspect is described as being a black female between 40 and 50 years of age, standing 5'5" tall and weighing 250 to 300 pounds. She had black hair with purple highlights and small braids twisted on top of her head.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Akron Police Department Detective Bureau at 330-375-2490, the U.S. Marshal's Service at 1-866-4-WANTED or Summit County Crimestoppers at 330-434-COPS.