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Police: Elderly woman sexually assaulted at gunpoint in Murfreesboro home

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Neighbors are on edge after the reported assault. (WSMV) Neighbors are on edge after the reported assault. (WSMV)
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Murfreesboro police are urging residents to be on alert after an elderly woman was attacked and sexually assaulted in her garage.

Neighbors near Sunset Avenue told News 4 they are on edge. Two of them said they believe they saw the suspect walking down their street before the alleged attack happened.

“All the neighbors are really kind of appalled right now. They just don’t know what to think about it,” said a woman who asked to remain anonymous.

The suspect who attacked and assaulted the woman at gunpoint is still on the run.

According to a police report, the 85-year-old victim was in her garage around 1 p.m. Tuesday when a man approached her with a gun. He forced her to have sex and then ran.

“He’s a sicko and needs to be taken off the streets, because anybody that would hurt an elderly person in the first place, something’s really wrong with them,” the woman said.

“This is not a normal circumstance in any way,” said Officer Amy Norville with Murfreesboro police.

Police have extra patrols in the neighborhood, which is near Mitchell-Neilson Elementary School. They are asking everyone to keep their doors locked and report anyone who seems suspicious.

“Anytime a child or an older person that’s victimized, we take it to heart a little more,” Norville said. “So our detectives are working vigilantly to find this suspect. And when he’s found, he will be prosecuted.”

According to police, the suspect used water and vinegar to clean up evidence at the scene. Police have not said if they were able to gather any DNA as evidence.

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