Couple attacked while sleeping

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 Christopher Sardelli


Police are still sorting out what exactly happened after a married couple reported they were attacked while asleep during the early morning hours of Jan. 29.

Officers responded to a report of a disturbance at a home in the 400 block of W. Springs St. just before 4 a.m., according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

At the scene, officers spoke with a married couple who said a man they knew had assaulted them while they slept, the report said.

Officers found the husband pinning the arms of his alleged attacker, while also sitting on top of him on the floor, the report said.

After pulling the men apart, officers spoke to them individually.

The alleged attacker told officers the other man had punched him, and police noticed a knot on his head and a gash above his left eye, the report said. He also admitted to police he had been drinking heavily, the report said.

Police then spoke with the woman who said she and her husband were asleep in the bedroom when the attack happened.

“She stated she awoke by a shelf being pushed down on her. She stated (the alleged attacker) was in her room and was attempting to assault her,” an officer wrote in the report. “He was calling them by their wrong names and stating things that did not happen.”

She told officers the man then advanced toward her in an “aggressive manner,” though the woman’s husband grabbed the man and pushed him down in a hallway, the report said.

That’s when the woman called 911.

The husband reported the same story to officers and said he struck the attacker in the face after he threatened his wife. He then held the man on the ground until police arrived.

Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant commented on the case on Wednesday, Feb. 5. Though he was mum on details about the alleged attack or if anyone would be charged, he said the case is still open. 

“This case is still under investigation by patrol,” Grant said. 


Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416