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A 68-year-old woman woke up to an intruder in her Myrtle Beach home. Then he attacked.

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An elderly woman woke up to find an intruder in her room and then he attacked her with a blunt object, police say.

Myrtle Beach police responded to a Lyons Cove Drive home around 1 a.m. Saturday for the incident, according to a police report.

The 68-year-old victim said she was asleep in the bedroom and awoke to find a man in her room, according to the report. The suspect is described as a 5-feet-5-inches tall, skinny, black man wearing a black hoodie and black sweatpants.

The suspect hit the woman with a blunt object, possibly a pipe, four or five times in the head, the report states. The victim said she screamed as loud as she could and the suspect fled out of the home through the garage.

The victim went to wake up her son and asked him to call 911.

Police say they believe the suspect entered the home through a living room window that had a portable air conditioning unit, according to the report. The woman noticed that window was wide open when she came out of the bedroom.

It also appeared the wires on the back of the television were disconnected, as if the suspect tried to steal the TV, according to the report. The only item missing from the home was a cellphone.

The victim was bleeding from the head, had cuts and a black eye, the report states, but declined to go to the hospital.

Officers also found a piece of wood on the floor of the kitchen that had the victim’s blood on it, the report states.

There have been no arrests in connection to the incident.

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Alex Lang is the True Crime reporter for The Sun News covering the legal system and how crime impacts local residents. He says letting residents know if they are safe is a vital role of a newspaper. Alex has covered crime in Detroit, Iowa, New York City, West Virginia and now Horry County.
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