Zeigler Police Investigating Attack

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By Amy Fox

ZEIGLER -- A Franklin County woman feels lucky to be alive after she was attacked by a man in her own home. Police are now trying to find the suspect in that attack. The victim says the man broke into her house on Maple Street Wednesday afternoon and was waiting for her when she came home.

Zeigler Police are looking for a white man who's about 6 feet tall and 190 pounds. The victim says her attacker had a distinctive tattoo, a swastika, on the left side of his head. 

Robin Thorson came home from work Wednesday afternoon and noticed something wasn't quite right.

"I went in and I noticed that the back door was ajar and it shouldn't have been," Robin Thorson, victim.

That door had been locked and nothing could prepare her for what was just around the corner.

Thorson said, "I walked through the kitchen and as I started to go into the living room, I caught a glance of somebody standing to my left. And the next thing I know, I was hit in the back of the head and neck with my vacuum sweeper."

The vacuum hit the window so hard it cracked. That's when Thorson says out of the corner of her eye she spotted a butcher knife sitting on her coffee table.

Thorson said, "I grabbed the knife first and you know I was closer, so I grabbed the knife first and that's when he took the amish clock off the wall and was trying to beat me in the head with it."

She took off out the front door and didn't look back. 

"I think he really thought with that first blow with the vacuum it would probably put me down and that would be it," said Thorson. "I don't think he expected me to fight back."

As she ran away, Thorson was able to call 911 on her cell phone.

"It was reported on foot.  Nobody seen any vehicle, not that he did not leave in a vehicle later, but he fled the scene," said Ben Burkhamer, Zeigler Assistant Police Chief.

So far authorities don't have any leads. Thorson and her family are new to the neighborhood, they moved into the house about two months ago. She's now trying to figure out why she was targeted and what the suspect wanted.

Thorson said, "When I drove up, he had more than enough time, he could have went through the front door and there was nothing missing you know.  None of it makes any sense to me."

The crime remains under investigation. While police look for her attacker,
Thorson insists she's not afraid to be in her home and says she's lucky.

"I'm alive, my kids are safe, and that's the most important part," said Thorson.

If you have any information that could help lead to an arrest, call Zeigler Police at 618-724-2435.

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