A West Park woman was left bruised and badly shaken after she was attacked in her home by a masked assailant on Thursday afternoon.
The 39-year-old woman, who asked not to be named, said she was watching TV around 4:30 p.m. when she heard a knock at the door of her Wishart Street home. At first, she ignored it but then answered when the knocking continued.
When she opened the door, a man in a ski mask and a black hoodie barged in and grabbed her by the throat. He pulled her up three steps and pinned her down and tried to pull down her pants.
“I was screaming and fighting back and he smoked (punched) me in the face twice,” she said. “I just kept trying to fight back, and I don’t know if something spooked him outside, but all of a sudden he took off out the back alley.”
She heard him get into a vehicle that then sped off.
She called 911 and police came and took her to hospital, where she was treated for bruising to the right side of her face.
“It’s just traumatizing and a nightmare,” she said. “I honestly don’t know what to do.”
The woman’s husband was away at the time working on the rigs but returned on Thursday evening to be with his wife.
He said he hopes by making their story public, someone will tip off police and the culprit will be caught.
RCMP issued a description of the suspect on Friday. He is described as Caucasian, with a medium build and about six feet (1.83 metres) tall. He was wearing a black hoodie, black gloves, blue jeans and white shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to call RCMP at 403-343-5575, CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.tipsubmit.com.