Man charged with attempted murder in attack on Prairie Village woman
Christina Medina , Contributor: Steve Kaut
5:19 PM, Sep 13, 2010
9:27 PM, Sep 14, 2010
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
Her co-workers became concerned when she didn't come to work
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,”
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
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:
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.