MARION, Ind. (WISH) – Police are investigating several burglaries, but it’s the most recent one that’s grabbed the attention of an entire neighborhood. Police said a woman was raped while her children slept upstairs during the most recent burglary.
It happened in the 300 block of West 38th Street early Tuesday morning.
The story has shocked neighbors and one in particular who said she moved there because she thought the neighborhood was safe.
Samantha Thompson is trying to put the finishing touches on the place she’ll soon call home.
“We’re just trying to clean it up, make it look nice,” she said.
But a fresh coat of paint isn’t the only way she plans on remodeling her place.
“We’re definitely changing locks, we’re redoing all of our windows to just make sure that everything is okay,” she said.
Those changes have nothing to do with looks, but safety. Two days earlier, police say someone broke into a home just down the block from Thompson’s home, committing a crime that Deputy Chief Cliff Sessoms, a 28-year veteran, finds difficult to comprehend.
“When something like this horrific type of thing happens, just kind of makes you wonder about people in general and what they’re thinking and not thinking when they commit a crime such as this,” he said.
Police said the suspects surprised a woman in the home and raped her, all while her children were asleep upstairs.
“She’s concerned about their welfare and not wanting to be harmed in any way that she went through this terrible ordeal,” said Sessoms.
“To know that they’ll come into a house even when there’s multiple people there, whether it be kids or adults and still attack this woman, that’s terrifying,” Thompson said.
Police warned neighbors about what happened and also alerted Indiana Wesleyan University since the campus is just a few blocks away.
Thompson said she might buy a dog or even a gun to feel protected, but she’s hoping police catch the suspects before it comes to that.
“I would just tell whoever did this that we’re looking for you and we’re going to do our best to find you,” said Sessoms.
Police have increased patrols in this area with hopes they’ll catch the criminals in the act. They’ve also reminded people to lock their windows and doors since that’s how the burglars have been entering homes.