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Student recovering after attack

Jan. 11, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A local woman is expected to recover from serious injuries she sustained when she was attacked while walking home from class Wednesday evening.

The 24-year-old woman, who is a student at the Marshall University School of Medicine, was walking in the 1300 block of 15th Street, about one block away from her home, when she was attacked by a man who stole her cellphone, according to Huntington Police Lt. John Williams.

The woman suffered lacerations to her face and head in addition to a broken nose and a concussion during the attack, said Williams. While her injures are serious, Williams said she is expected to make a full recovery.

Williams said he and investigators believe the attack was random, noting that crime of this nature is unusual for the neighborhood.

The woman was walking from the Erma Ora Byrd Clinical Center in the 1200 block of 15th Street when the man approached her from behind and attacked her, said Williams.

He said witnesses reported they could hear the attack happening, and they told police they saw a man wearing dark clothing leaving the scene.

Additional information about the attacker was not available Thursday afternoon.

Anyone with information may contact the Huntington Police Department by calling 304-696-4444.

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