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Metro mom attacked by masked man as she walked near home in typically quiet neighborhood

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EDWARDSVILLE, Kan. -- An Edwardsville mom was attacked walking on a sidewalk near her home Thursday night.

Police say the armed assailant had a ski mask and sent the woman to the hospital.

Police say she wasn’t robbed and they believe the attack was random. Now they are asking everyone in the normally quiet neighborhood, which averages roughly 30 calls per year for service, to remain vigilant.

“She was walking up the street like normal women do you know they exercise out here all the time,” neighbor Charles Stansbarger recalled.

He said he saw the woman walking alongside the woods at the front of the Williamson Farm Subdivision a little before sunset Thursday night, but never saw her return.

Tanya Brock was on her way home from work when she spotted the woman bloody and disoriented.

“She was still physically hysterical, scared. I saw scratches on her neck, her face was bloody. her hands were bloody, just visibly shaken where she had been assaulted. She was carrying her glasses which were all twisted,” Brock said.

Brock said as she dialed 911, the woman was saying she had to get home to her kids.

The woman was taken to the hospital with cuts to her hands and face and a head wound. She was later released.Police say the attacker was armed and had on a ski mask. He was wearing a blue hoodie and dark pants.

“We think this is a random event by an unknown assailant. It’s very rare in that neighborhood and in our community but it is a frightening event and we want our community to remain vigilant and be on the lookout,” Edwardsville Police Chief Mark Mathies said.

“It’s all we can do, just keep our eyes open and report any strangers we see walking around here,” Stansbarger said.

Police are stepping up patrols in the neighborhood and asking anyone with information to contact them.

“I hope that they catch him and I hope sometime she can feel safe again and that everyone in the neighborhood who has children can allow their children to go back out and play and walk their dogs and not be thinking that we are going to get attacked.”