Woman Victim of Random Attack in Her Garage

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ELYRIA, Ohio – Police are searching for a man who randomly attacked an Elyria woman, with his fists and a knife, while she was in her garage with the door open.

It happened about six p.m. Monday evening on Longfellow Avenue.

Elyria police said the woman, in her mid-50s, was in the garage looking for a tool when the man snuck up on her.

Police said when the woman turned around and saw the man, he punched her twice and she fell to her knees.

Police said the man slashed her with a sharp object, cutting her arm and chest, and then ran off.

"They brought her out on a stretcher. They took her into an ambulance and they left," neighbor Matt Compolo said.

The woman was not seriously hurt.

She was treated at the hospital and released, police said.

The woman did not recognize the man, and he did not try to rob her. So, as of now, they have no motive, police said.

Police said the only thing the man said to the woman was 'shut up.'

Tuesday afternoon, a police officer patrolled Longfellow Avenue.

Neighbors are also keeping a closer watch.

"This neighborhood is normally very peaceful and quiet. It's a cul-de-sac. I'm shocked and appalled," neighbor Michael Grey said.

"We're keeping an eye out definitely," Compolo said

Police said the woman did not get a good look at the man, but he was tall and thin.

Anyone with information on the attacker is urged to call Elyria police at (440) 323-3302.