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05/11/05

Victim Recalls Home Invasion, Sexual Assault

The victim recounts her experience. The victim recounts her experience.

Tonight police are looking for the man who sexually assaulted an elderly woman. It happened around 2:30am this morning in a mobile home community on West DeRenne Avenue.

We spoke with the victim, Prudie Waddel, who's pretty shaken up. She said she did everything in her power to fight back.

"She was crying, hysterical said somebody had broke in," said Waddel's daughter-in-law Joyce Argo.

Broke in, that is, and attacked the 87-year-old.

"You don't know what kind of fear come over me, and I knew I had to fight," Waddel told us.

She had to fight the man who was she says was sexually assaulting her while she lay in her bed. "He was on me when I woke up and I thought it was a dream," she said.

Waddel didn't even hear anyone come into her house, but she later realized the person broke in by putting a board on top of a garbage can and climbing though the window of her home.

"I mean I really fought him," Waddel said. "God give me the strength to fight with."

She started kicking and fighting back as hard as she could. "He said, 'Be still, don't holler, don't holler,' and boy I started hollering and praying and I took my feet and I kicked."

She eventually fought her attacker off. "He turned me loose and I called the cops," Waddel said.

Left badly bruised with scratch marks on her face, Waddel and her family want justice.

"Maybe through her being on TV, maybe somebody might have some kind of idea and it might lead to an arrest," said Argo.

Waddel says she'll recover and will be staying with family members tonight.

If you know anything about who might have attacked her, call CrimeStoppers at 234.2020.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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