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Updated: 2:23 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 | Posted: 11:49 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014

Neighbors stop attack on Vandalia woman

By Breaking News Staff


Police said they are awaiting a hospitalized suspect’s release before filing charges after they used a Taser to subdue him in what Vandalia neighbors described as a choking.

The suspect, whose identity has not been released by police, was taken to the hospital after authorities used a Taser on him during an incident in which neighbors came to the aid of a woman near a park on Randler Avenue this morning.

The woman was on the sidewalk on Randler when police say she was confronted by the suspect, according to police.

A man who assisted the woman said she was screaming as the suspect was choking her.

“I heard some screaming outside my door and I look out the door and I see this man having a lady in a choke hold,” said Jeffrey Snyder. “We ran over there and he had this lady around her neck and she was screaming help me help me, and we got him off her, and got her away from him.”

Neighbor Russell Wimmer said he came to woman’s aid, followed by Snyder.

“I looked out my front door and saw a woman on the ground and a man on top of her,” Wimmer said. “I Went and pulled him off and Jeff was right behind me and helped me.”

Wimmer said he probably would not have been able to help the woman by himself.

“But thank God for my fellow neighbors helping out,” he said.

Police used a Taser on the suspect before they were able to secure him in a cruiser, Vandalia Lt. Dan Swafford said.

Relatives of the suspect said he may have had medical issues. He was taken to a hospital.

Until the suspect is released, he will not be charged, Swafford said.

Police are still interviewing the woman, Swafford said, and are attempting to talk with the suspect.

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