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Deputies exploring links to similar incidents after Pinch home invasion

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UPDATE:

According to Cpl. B.D. Humphreys with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, the elderly woman who suffered injuries during a home invasion in Pinch is listed in serious, but stable condition.

Police are still investigating and they believe that more than one person was involved in the crime. 

Deputies tell 13NEWS they are exploring possible links to similar incidents.

Police also believe the victim may have opened the door the suspects entered.

We are working to bring you more details, keep checking back with us.

 


 

UPDATE:

An elderly woman is battling serious injuries after Kanawha County deputies said someone broke into her home on Church Road in Pinch and ransacked her house.

"I feel sorry for people like that," said Thomas Hitchcock, who lives near the victim's home in Pinch. "Whatever happened to her, she didn't deserve it...They may have been keeping an eye on her and just found the right time to go in there."

Deputies said it happened around 3 p.m. on Thursday.

A family member found the 74-year-old woman unresponsive on the ground inside her home.

She was then rushed to Charleston Area Medical Center with serious injuries.

But Thursday's incident is more than just what happened to one woman in one house. It gives an entire neighborhood reason to lock their doors.

"All my doors will remain locked," said Hitchcock's daughter, Holly Curry, of Pinch. "Always."

Curry moved into her house less than a week ago, just yards away from the crime scene.

"I don't know if it's my safety I'm concerned about. It's my children because there's times they're here by themselves and I don't want anything like that to happen," Curry said.

Hitchcock has lived in the area since 1959. He said the times have truly changed and the number of violent crimes have risen.

"It's not just Pinch and Elkview. It's not safe anywhere anymore," Hitchcock said.

At this time deputies are still searching for a suspect.


ORIGINAL STORY:

Kanawha County Sheriff Deputies are on the scene of a home invasion in Pinch.

Deputies say it happened on Church Road.

Authorities say a 74-year-old female was found unresponsive by a family member around 3 p.m. Thursday.

When medics arrived they noticed that the house had been ransacked and notified police that it was a possible crime scene.

The victim was taken to CAMC with serious injuries.

Deputies say a suspect is still being sought.  

The investigation is ongoing.  

We have a crew on the scene and will keep you updated on this developing story.