PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kansas - At a news conference Tuesday, investigators said the man charged with attempted murder in a brutal attack of a woman inside her Prairie Village home worked as a handyman for the woman.
Brian K. Pennington, 26, is charged in Johnson County with attempted first-degree murder in the Sept. 8 incident.
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Police found the 44-year-old woman with several stab wounds on the floor of her house in the 6800 block of Fontana Road.
"It's amazing she survived; nothing short of a miracle; it was a brutal, brutal attack,” Prairie Village Police Chief Wes Jordan said.
Her co-workers became concerned when she didn't come to work that morning.
Investigators found the front door unlocked and no other signs of forced entry.
"This crime brought a lot of fear and apprehension to our community. We want the residents to know we believe this was an isolated incident as the suspect was known to the victim,” Jordan said.
Pennington is being held in the Benton County, Missouri, jail. He will be extradited to Johnson County.
Investigators said Tuesday Pennington was arrested Monday in a vehicle with his wife and children, ages 6 months and 2 years.
The victim, who remained hospitalized Tuesday, was expected to recover.
Police are still protecting the victim's identity at this point, but family members did release the following statement:
"It is a miracle that she was found when she was and that she held on and stayed strong until help arrived. Her strong work ethic saved her life. Her consistency at being on time alarmed her co-workers to actually go to her house and call the police.
Last summer she broke her arm when she fell biking. She worked a great deal of overtime to pay off those substantial medical bills. Currently, she will remain in a secure medical location for some time, which will result in many, many new medical bills. She is moving from her home and will not be able to work for quite a while. You can help support her at: www.helphugs.com ."
Police cannot talk about the motive in this case, because it is still under investigation. But they believe the victim knew the suspect for a couple weeks and this was an isolated case.
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