Columbus woman attacked by solicitor after answering door

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COLUMBUS – Detectives are looking for a solicitor who attacked a woman.

The 65-year-old woman was at home in the 1300 block of Blackhawk Drive in Columbus. She was watching a 5-month-old relative when someone knocked on the door around 11 a.m. Thursday.

A man asked the victim if she needed landscaping work done. Since the woman didn’t speak English, she called her son at work. Over the phone, he told the solicitor that they didn’t need his services.

Then, Columbus police detectives said, the man went into the home and asked to go to the bathroom.

“That’s when he basically attacked her,” Lt. Matt Myers said.

The man threw the woman on the couch. When he tried pulling her pants down, she screamed.

“He put his hand around her mouth and that’s when she was able to bite him,” Lt. Myers said.

She fought him and he left. Authorities are searching for the man, who has a tattoo of a flower on his wrist and a bite mark between his thumb and index finger. Police said people need to be on the lookout for a gray or silver sedan.

Tina Boddie lives in the same neighborhood. She wasn’t home Thursday when the attack happened.

“That just really bothers me because it just lets you know you’re not safe in your own home,” Boddie said.

Boddie is careful. Her family put up an extra front door after people approached her home late at night several years ago.

“I really feel for her because being attacked personally…that’s just even worse,” Boddie said.

Detectives are now urging people to ask solicitors for their city-issued licenses. As mandated by city ordinance, people have to apply for a license through the police department, and are supposed to carry them at all times. Myers said not to open the front door and to speak to a solicitor through the door.

If you have any information about this case, contact the Columbus Police Department.