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Kansas woman stops sex attack on neighbor with sledgehammer throw

Updated: 2013-07-01T19:52:09Z

The Wichita Eagle

A female neighbor of a Wichita woman thwarted a sexual assault this weekend not with her hands, but with a sledgehammer.

Police responded to the scene at about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday. Neighbors heard the woman call out for help and rushed to her aid. The attacker was a friend of the 48-year-old woman and was inside the house before the attempted assault occurred, Wichita police said.

The 60-year-old neighbor first yelled at the man to stop. He picked up a chain and swung it at the woman, hitting her and causing minor injuries. She then picked up and threw a nearby sledgehammer at him, missing, but causing him to flee.

The 53-year-old man was later found and arrested on suspicion of attempted rape and aggravated battery.

Reach Raymond Howze at 316-268-6514 or rhowze@wichitaeagle.com.

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