On Friday, Deborah Howell's relaxing night at home watching television turned into a fight for her life.
"I opened the door around 9:36 p.m. to get Molly, when I cracked the door there was a man standing there, and he grabbed the top of the hair on my head and started slamming my head into the door frame," Howell said.
Howell said she didn't get knocked out but was dazed, her head ringing from the force of her head slamming into the door frame.
"I don't know what would have happened if Molly wasn't here," Howell said. "Molly went after him and started biting at his legs and I know I was pushing the door and screaming and he ran off."
Howell said she didn't get a clear look at her attacker on that he was tall, white and wearing blue jeans - really not much of a description for Bartow County Sheriff's Deputies to follow.
But during the struggle key evidence was left on Howell's door.
"Police were able to get two fingerprints," Howell said.
About a month before the attack Howell said she started receiving multiple phone calls from a man "breathing heavy, and saying, ‘Deborah, I am watching you.'"
Deputies advised Howell to stop answering the phone if it was numbers she didn't recognize. But she still believes the stalker is still watching and calling. She is now terrified to live in the home she said she just moved into in June.
"My husband built this house for me, from ground up," Howell said. "We dreamed of this house and we have only been living in it since June and now I feel like I can't walk from room to room. I feel like I can't walk through my own house."
Howell said the next night she called deputies again because someone knocked over her lawn furniture.
"But they couldn't find anyone," Howell said.
Deputies continue to search for the suspect. Howell said the bruises on the left side of her face are healing but are still tender. Howell plans to spend more time with family and friends until her attacker is caught. She also plans to carry a gun around the house when she is home.
"I don't think I am the only one," Howell said. "People need to be extra cautious and keep their windows and doors locked."
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