Police: Woman said she was assaulted with knife

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Neil Johnson
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

JANESVILLE—Police are trying to unravel the circumstances of an apparent assault that left a woman with minor injuries on the city's east side Tuesday night.

According to Janesville Police Sgt. Chad Pearson, a woman reported she was standing outside at the garage of her apartment at the 2600 block of Sumac Court shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday night when someone apparently assaulted her from behind.

The woman initially reported she thought the person had struck her with a knife. Pearson said the woman had “superficial” scratches on her neck and stomach. The woman apparently was not injured seriously enough to require medical attention, he said.

The woman apparently did not see the person who assaulted her, nor did she see what direction the person went afterward, Pearson said.  

Police canvassed the area and did not locate anyone, and a security camera at a nearby bank yielded no clues, Pearson said. He said police were still trying to verify parts of the woman's account of the incident, and they're planning to interview people who the woman has contact with to learn more about the incident.   

Pearson said investigations revealed it might not have been a knife, but another type of weapon that was used in the apparent assault. He said there seems to be no immediate threat to the public.

Last updated: 9:54 pm Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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