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St. Helens woman who says she was victim of home invasion speaks out

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We’re hearing for the first time from the woman who says strangers came into her home in St. Helens and attacked her just before midnight Monday night.

Still very shaken and concerned for her safety, the woman asked to remain anonymous, but wanted to share her story because she’s hoping someone saw something or knows something that can help police find whoever did it.

“I can’t control the thoughts that are going on in my head – there are so many what if’s,” the woman told FOX 12 Thursday.

She said she was home alone Monday night, as her husband was out of town for work, and soon after she fell asleep her dog started barking.

“I walked down the hallway to tell her to be quiet, and I had hollered and when I did there was somebody in the living room who said ‘go’,” she explained.

That’s when she saw a second person in her spare bedroom crawling out of the house through a window.

But the man in the living room came toward her.

“I screamed when I saw the silhouette, I don’t know why I didn’t scream when I heard him say something, it was just so quick,” she said. “But by that time, he’d gotten directly behind me and wrapped his arm around my throat.”

She said he squeezed so hard, she passed out. When she woke up to call police, the window was open and they were gone.

“We struggled from the hallway into here,” she said, pointing to the living room, adding that she tried hitting the man with her elbows but couldn’t get away. “[My cheekbone] was swollen, I had a knot on my forehead, marks on my neck.”

St. Helens police confirmed they responded and took pictures of her injuries, but have very little to go on.

The woman said a computer in the spare bedroom and a TV in the living room had been moved, but all the suspects got away with was a TV that doesn’t even work.

“Did he even check to see if I was alive?” the woman wondered aloud, in tears. “He just choked me out, a stranger trying to take my stuff, did he even care if I was alive or not? I have children, I have a husband… I have people who depend on me.”

Now, she’s hoping someone will come forward with information that can help so whoever did it can be arrested soon.

“People’s lives matter,” she said. “And it’s just stuff – that’s all it is.”

She described the man who choked her as at least 6 feet tall and 200 pounds with a deep voice. If you can help, call St. Helens Police.

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