Break-in leaves North Riverside woman battered

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

On a quiet street in North Riverside, neighbors wouldn't expect any break-ins, much less something violent. 

"I was pretty scared about it and devastated and I really didn't even know what really even took place and happened until today," says Cleo Welch. 

Welch lives on North Woodland, next door to a house that was broken into not once, but twice. 

According to police reports, the first break-in happened before noon on Thursday when no one was home. The second, around 1 Friday morning. This time, a young woman was  home, asleep. 

"I can't imagine how traumatized she would be because I would be very scared," says Welch.

KAKE News spoke with the woman's family members, who didn't want to appear on camera. They say she got out bed to see the masked man standing in her kitchen. He lunged toward her, and she fought back, causing him to fall into a curio cabinet. 

"I didn't know anything, I didn't hear nothing last night...The neighborhood is so quiet and we all know each other," says another neighbor.

The woman was taken to the hospital, but police reports show her injuries were minor. Family says the man was white, of medium build and was wearing dark clothing, a mask and gloves. The woman's family says nothing inside the home was taken and don't know why anyone would want to break in.

"It makes me nervous and scared not only for my daughter, my wife, and anybody around here," says Welch.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

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