Neighborhood Nervous After Woman Attacked in Her Home

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An Olathe woman was able to fight off an attacker inside her home this week, but now police are warning residents in the area to be on the lookout for the bold intruder.

According to Olathe Police, the 36-year-old woman, who was not identified, was home alone in her home near 146th and South Locust shortly before 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday when she heard a strange noise upstairs. The woman's brother told FOX 4 that when his scared sister went upstairs to investigate, she confronted the unarmed intruder.

"She was very scared," said the brother, who asked FOX 4 not to release his name. "(She) lost a lot of sleep last night, but today she seems okay, but she was very scared."

He says that the intruder - who apparently entered the house throught the back door - grabbed his sister, but was then startled by barking dogs. She then hit him with an object in the head, sending him bolting back out through the back door and away from the home on foot.

"I'm not sure what it was, it's a vase or something," said the brother about the object his sister used to free herself from the attacker.

Now, neighbors say that they are worried about their safety following the attack.

"There's a lot of kids in this neighborhood. A lot of little kids in the neighborhood and that puts a whole, another factor of fear in there," said neighbor Julie Schriver.

Police say the intruder is a white male, approximately 40 years old, with very pale skin. At the time of the attack, he had light facial hair and was wearing a black knit cap and a black sweatshirt.

Authorities say that they have stepped up their patrols through the neighborhood.

"I think if anybody in our neighborhood sees him, he'll be caught right away," said neighbor Melissa Dunaway.

Meanwhile, the victim's brother says that his sister is just trying to put the ordeal behind her.

"I'm just glad she's safe and unharmed and hopefully this doesn't happen to anybody else," he said.

Anyone with information about the attacker is asked to call Olathe Police or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.

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