A 34-year-old man is in custody following a brutal home invasion in Mayerthorpe Thursday morning.
A woman awoke in the early morning to find a man gripping a hammer standing in her bedroom doorway.
When she told him to leave, he attacked her, swinging the hammer and slashing her with a utility knife.
The pair struggled and tumbled down a flight of stairs before the attacker choked the woman unconscious.
Before she passed out, the victim’s son awoke and rushed to her aid. The attacker fled the residence.
Police found a suspect four hours later, walking along the highway.
The woman was rushed to hospital and treated for non-life-threatening slash wounds on her neck.
Police believe the attack was random. Charges are pending.
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