It was a violent home invasion that lasted almost a half an hour. A mother and her small child were terrified as a man forced his way in looking for money.
Lucrecia Vasquez, 42, of Todd Court, Murfreesboro, was washing dishes around 8:30 p.m. Saturday night when a man barged his way into her apartment and assaulted her.
"The boy just came in and pushed my head," Vasquez said. "He pushed me, and hit me in the face."
She said the man was in the home for about 25 minutes, and he was after one thing.
"Money," she said. "He was asking for money, but I said I have no money."
Vasquez still has a small scar under her left eye where the suspect hit her with his fist. The victim's 3-year-old daughter was also in the home, but she was not hurt.
"The baby was scared and crying," she said.
The victim ran next door to a neighbor's apartment who called police.
The woman was not able to give police a good description of the suspect, but a neighbor heard some commotion and looked out of the window and saw a car speeding away. However, he wasn't able to tell what type of vehicle it was.
"Anytime you have someone who's willing to use force to gain access to a house, it's scary," said Sgt. Kyle Evans, Murfreesboro police spokesman. "Add to that the stress of having a child at home; it was a very dangerous situation for everybody involved."
The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.
"We want to solve this as quickly as we can," Evans said.
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