Charleston homeowner injured in violent attack during home burglary

Charleston police are investigating after an homeowner was assaulted during a burglary Sunday morning. (WCHS/WVAH)

Charleston police are searching for a suspect after an "extremely violent" attack on a woman during a burglary Sunday morning on the city's west side.

Charleston Police Chief Steve Cooper said between 10:15 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, a man forced his way into a home in the 700 block of Park Avenue and used a crowbar to attack a woman in her 60s who was home alone.

The victim suffered serious facial injuries, head injuries and a broken arm. She is in stable conditions and her injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

"An attack like this, on a lady home alone on a Sunday morning is an attack on everybody," Cooper said.

According to Cooper, the suspect stole a loaded gun from the home and is considered to be armed and dangerous.

"We consider him to be armed and extremely dangerous. He was dangerous before he had a firearm, and now he is armed with a loaded gun," Cooper said.

The suspect is described as a "scraggly" white man with a thin to medium build. He was wearing a gray or black hooded sweatshirt.

Cooper said multiple officers are in the area searching for the suspect and resident should keep an eye out for someone matching the description hanging around their homes or around abandoned homes in the area.

Anyone who sees the suspect should call 911 immediately.

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