West Virginia State Police search for violent home invasion suspect

Police say a man broke into this home along West Pea Ridge then beat and choked a woman with special needs inside Wednesday. (WCHS/WVAH)

West Virginia State Police said an intruder attacked a woman with special needs inside of her home in the 4900 block of West Pea Ridge in Huntington Wednesday sending her to the hospital and shocking neighbors like Kay and Darrell Wells.

“It’s scary,” Darrell Wells said.

The wells have lived a few homes down from the victim and her 90-year-old mother, who was also in the home at the time of the attack, since the ‘80’s.

“Loveable people,” Darrell said, “never had been up there one time that she didn’t try to fix me something to eat and stuff.”

Police said the man circled the home several times before breaking in and, likely thinking no one was inside, found the woman with special needs, hit her several times on the head, choked her, and threatened to kill her before leaving without taking anything.

They said he didn’t hurt the 90-year-old woman.

“At this point we don’t have a suspect,” State Police Sgt. B.K. Wellman said.

Police didn’t have a solid description Wednesday afternoon saying the victim only reported a white man she didn’t know who left in a “large grey car.”

“People do need to be vigilant,” Wellman said, “watch out, you know, if you see anybody that might fit the description or anybody that’s talking about anything like that, give us a call.”

The Wells said they will keep a sharp eye out.

“It makes me ashamed that there are people out there who are so nasty and rotten,” Kay said.

Darrell, a former Marine, offered a stern warning that he wouldn’t be scared out of the neighborhood.

“If they come around here I will protect my house and my family,” he said.

State Police were following up on tips Wednesday night, and reminded people they can always stay anonymous when giving out information.

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