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Visually impaired man attacked in Chester burglary

Union Leader Correspondent

October 30. 2013 7:25PM

CHESTER — A young man was assaulted during a burglary at his residence Tuesday afternoon, but police said he was unable to provide a description of the suspect or a vehicle because he is visually impaired.

Police Chief William Burke said officers were called to a home on Great Oak Road around 2:20 p.m. to investigate a report of a burglary in progress with an assault.

The 22-year-old victim, who is the son of the homeowners, told police that he was upstairs when he heard a noise downstairs. He went downstairs to check things out and was attacked by the burglar, Burke said.

Burke said he and Lt. Aaron Berube arrived at the residence, but didn’t find anyone else there other than the victim, who suffered a concussion and was transported to Parkland Medical Center in Derry.

“We ended up getting him right to the medics immediately,” Burke said.

Burke said police were told by doctors that it appears the victim was likely struck by some type of object.

The burglar forced open a rear door in the lower level of the house and made off with jewelry and cash, Burke said.

“Whoever it was figured, ‘I can go in and startle this kid,’ panicked, hit him and then took off,” Burke said.

The victim’s visual impairment has made the investigation more challenging because of the lack of any suspect and vehicle descriptions, according to Burke.

“At most he saw a shadow,” he said, adding that it appears the man was hit from the front.

Police found some blood samples at the scene, but Burke said they’re not sure if the blood was from the burglar or the victim.

Police were initially told that one of five dogs living in the house was believed to have been stolen during the break-in, but they later discovered that the dog was hiding. Berube is leading the investigation. Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to call the Chester Police Department at 887-2080.

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