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Woman, 76, attacked in her Spring Grove township home
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MONROE - A senior citizen was pushed to the ground by a stranger in his 20s who entered the woman's Spring Grove township home without her permission Monday afternoon.

The 76-year-old woman said the assailant entered her residence in the 1800 block of Stateline Road after knocking on the door at about 4:38 p.m. He shoved her to the ground after briefly discussing her barn with her. He then escaped in a red car, she reported.

The victim briefly lost consciousness and sustained a minor laceration and head injury as a result of the attack.

Green County Sheriff Mark Rohloff said the incident is still under investigation, adding that his office "had no definite leads yet regarding a suspect."

The woman described her attacker as a white male in his mid-20s, approximately 5-foot-9 with a stocky build, dark hair and a beard. She also said he appeared "well groomed" and wore a baseball cap.

Rohloff said the attacker was likely a would-be burglar who believed the residence was unoccupied. According to a press release from the Sheriff's Office, a common tactic for burglars is to knock on a residence's door to determine whether it is occupied, offering an innocuous excuse and leaving if anybody responds.

"We're pursuing everything we can possibly pursue," Rohloff said. "We're hoping that by getting the information out there, citizens will be able to help."

Anyone with information on the suspect is encouraged to contact the Green County Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau at (608) 328-9400 or the Green County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-I-C-CRIME. Anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest is eligible for a reward and may remain anonymous.

- Michael Brestovansky