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Woman fights attacker during home invasion

Posted at 1:59 PM, Feb 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-16 18:45:07-05

HAMILTON COUNTY -- A woman is bruised but okay after being attacked by a robber in her own home.

The home invasion happened on February 13 shortly after 9 pm in the 18900 block of Mallery Road near Noblesville.

Rosa Pineda told deputies that she came home from church and found a man her bedroom.

"I didn't scream because I didn't want my daughter to wake up because I didn't know if more people were here, so I tried talking to him in Spanish first but he didn't say anything," said Pineda.

She said she fought back when he hit her, "When I take his mask off, he punched me."

The robber then tried to strangle Pineda and she thinks she lost consciousness.

When Pineda woke, the robber was gone.

She was treated and released from the hospital.

"I cannot sleep very well because every noise I wake up. Very nervous. It's too difficult for me now," said Pineda.

Deputies say some small electronics and cash were taken.

K-9 officers tried to track the suspect but weren't able to find him.

Deputies say they believe, at this time, that this is an isolated incident.

Pineda did leave the door to her home unlocked.

Authorities encourage everyone to keep doors, including garage doors, closed and locked even when you're at home.

Anyone with information about this incident asked to call the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office at 317-776-9887.

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