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January 05, 2016:  SHERIFF'S SPECIAL NEWS RELEASE

On Monday 1-4-16, at approximately 4:38 PM, Green County Deputies responded to an assault in the 1800 block of Stateline Road, in Spring Grove Township. A 76-year-old female reported that she had been accosted by a stranger at her residence under the pretense of purchasing her barn. Apparently he knocked at the unlocked door before entering the home of his own accord. Once inside, he engaged the victim in a conversation about the barn, but then knocked her to the floor before fleeing in a red car. As a result, she briefly lost consciousness and sustained a laceration and minor head injury. The assailant was a stranger to the victim. He is only described as a white male in his mid-20s, approximately 5’9” tall, stocky build, with dark hair and beard. He also appeared well-groomed and wore a baseball cap. The Sheriff’s Office assumes that the suspect was attempting to commit a daytime burglary when he unexpectedly encountered the victim. A common tactic used by such persons is to approach a residence that appears to be unoccupied and knock at the door. If unanswered, it is presumed the owners are away and safe to commit a burglary. Should a resident answer the door, they typically will ask for directions and leave without arousing suspicions of their intent. The purpose of this special release is to inform the public to take precautions in the event the perpetrator persists in this activity. Furthermore, it is requested that if anyone has information that may assist with locating a suspect as described in this incident, to please call the Green County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at 608-328-9400, or to contact Green County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-I-C-CRIME (800-422-7463), or text “GREENTIP” plus your message to 274637. Callers are eligible for a reward and may remain anonymous.

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