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Woman Sexually Assaulted During Salisbury Home Invasion

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SALISBURY, Md.- Detectives with the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation are searching for a man who they say broke into a Salisbury area home early Thursday morning and sexually assaulted a woman inside.

Police said the crime happened around 6:30 a.m. at a home located on the 31000 block of Old Ocean City Road. According to investigators, there were signs of forced entry as the suspect broke in through a locked door. Police said the suspect they are searching for is a light-skinned black male, about 6-foot-tall and in his early 20s.  The victim was taken to the hospital to be checked out and treated for her injuries. 

People who live nearby said they cannot believe a crime like this could occur in their community.

"It's pretty quiet. I mean that is a shock for that to really happen like that.  I mean, we don't know what to expect now that it happened so close to home.  I am not going to sleep now knowing that could happen at any moment right across from us and where we live at.  I mean, I don't feel safe here," said Theresa Canada of Salisbury.

Canada said moving forward, she is not taking any chances when it comes to her safety.

"Lock up more tighter. And if I hear anything, I am going to call the police and let them know that somebody is out here and I don't know who it is, would you all come quick."

And she is not alone.  Allan Case lives just down the road from where the crime occurred and he said that he is now concerned over the safety of his family.

"It worries me.  My wife is not 18 anymore and neither am I.  And I am about ready to go out and buy a box of shot gun shells," said Case.

Police said the preliminary investigation leads them to believe the victim and suspect did not know each other so this could have been a random act of violence in what neighbors describe as a quiet community.

Anyone with information about this incident should call the WBI at (410) 548-4892.

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