MADISON COUNTY, Ind. - Authorities are searching for a suspect who they said battered and stabbed a woman in Madison County on Wednesday evening.
Officials said the attack happened inside the woman’s home, in a rural area halfway between Anderson and Lapel around 6:30 p.m.
Police in Madison County said they are still following up on leads, trying to find the suspect who is described as a white male, around 50 years old, with a salt-and-pepper beard.
Police also said that right now they don't have much to go on.
"Right now we believe it was a burglary where the homeowner came home and encountered the suspect there at the house," Maj. Brian Bell, the responding officer, said.
Police said the man forced his way into the home, battered the woman by hitting her head on the kitchen countertops and then stabbed her at least three times.
Police could not find the suspect after they arrived to the scene.
"We tracked the area with dogs (and) weren't able to locate the suspect. We believe he left in some vehicle and we're following up all leads at this point," Bell said.
The victim was treated and released from the hospital later Wednesday evening.
Police are telling residents to lock all doors and windows and to use lights on timers if possible.
Experts advise people to be observant when returning home after dark.
Call the Madison County Sheriff’s Department at 765-646-9290 with any information about the attack.
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