Woman clubbed down in garage of her home

Police suspect she found a burglar

By George Barnes
Worcester Telegram & Gazette / August 18, 2011

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LANCASTER - State and local police are investigating an attack on a 60-year-old Lancaster woman who was found in her garage yesterday bleeding from a severe head wound.

Police Chief Kevin Lamb said the victim was found by her husband about 10:40 a.m., a short time after the attack. He told police he had been away from the Paine Street home and returned to find his wife on the garage floor.

Police said she had just put a grandchild down for a nap when she walked out to the garage and was attacked. Police said she may have interrupted a burglar.

Lamb said the woman was conscious and alert when police arrived, but bleeding heavily from the head. She was unable to identify her attacker.

She was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center-University Campus in Worcester for treatment of the head injury and a blunt force injury to her shoulder.

Paine Street is just over the Clinton town line off Route 110. It is a neighborhood of single-family houses.

“It’s very out of character for something like this to happen here,’’ Lamb said. “We’ve been pretty quiet.’’

A search by local and State Police, using a tracking dog and helicopter, did not find anything, according to Lancaster police.

State Police crime scene technicians spent much of the afternoon searching for clues in the small one-car garage and around the tidy fenced-in yard.

Lamb said anyone who witnessed anything in the neighborhood yesterday morning is asked to call Lancaster police at 978-365-2544.

“It’s still early in the investigation, and we can use help on this one,’’ he said.