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VERMILION, Ohio -- Police in Vermilion are looking for a man who violently attacked a woman inside her home.

Police Chief Chris Hartung calls the attack the most “brutal sexual assault” he’s seen in 20 years on the force.

According to police, on Monday at 4:40 p.m., the police department was called to Cummings Road to look into an assault.

A woman told police she heard a knock at her back door; when she opened the door, a man entered and struck her, knocking her down. Police say the man sexually assaulted the woman and left the home without saying a word.

“When she opened the door he struck her in the throat and knocked her to the ground,” said Chief Hartung, “She attempted to crawl away, the subject then assaulted her on the floor of her kitchen.”

The victim was home with her 15 month old son at the time and told police the man knocked on her back door and forced his way inside when she answered the door.

The woman was taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries she suffered in the attack.

“The nature of the attack was pretty brutal in nature, so the victim understandably is pretty distraught at this point,” said Chief Hartung, “So we are dedicating every resource we have to finding this individual.” 

Police released the following suspect description:

**A light skinned African American male

** 6’0 to 6’1 in height

** Brown eyes

** The whites of the eyes had a yellowish tint

** Dark colored work pants

** Dark colored shirt

**  Average build, but described as having a developed upper body/biceps

** Facial covering like a runners mask/ski mask

** “Musty”/ Body odor smell combined with cat urine

The chief says a substantial amount of evidence was collected and is being processed by BCI. The case is under investigation.

“They’re expediting any DNA evidence that we’ve recovered,” said Chief Hartung.

Chief Hartung is advising residents o be extra cautious and asking for the public's help

Police ask anyone who saw something out of the ordinary in the Cummings Road or Roxboro Road areas to please call Det. Steve Davis at (440) 967-6116.

If anyone has a security camera system that would have recorded in the area, please contact police.

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