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Vermilion police looking for man who knocked on door and violently assaulted woman inside her home

Posted at 2:46 PM, Oct 02, 2019

VERMILION, Ohio — A woman was assaulted inside her Vermilion home on Tuesday, and police are looking for information that leads to an arrest. The door-knock assault happened at around 4:40 p.m. in the 300 block of Cummings Road.

A woman told police she heard a knock at her back door. When she opened the door, a man entered her home and struck her, causing her to fall to the ground, police said.

Police said the man violently assaulted the woman physically and sexually, then left the residence without saying a word.

"This was pretty brutal," said Sergeant Scott Holmes of the Vermilion Police Department.

The woman was transported to the hospital to treat her injuries.

The man is approximately 6 feet in height. He was described as having brown eyes, with the whites of his eyes having a yellowish tint. At the time of the attack, he was wearing dark-colored work pants and a dark-colored shirt, police said. He was wearing a facial covering similar to a runner's mask or ski mask. The woman told police the man had a "musty" body odor smell combined with cat urine.

Police are asking anyone who saw anything out of the ordinary on Cummings or Roxoboro roads to call Detective Steve Davis at 440-967-6116. They are also hoping residents will review their home surveillance footage.

"Perhaps the suspect was captured either going to the house to commit the assault, or leaving the residence after the assault," said Holmes.