19-Year-Old Woman Injured in Melrose Home Invasion; Police Seek Suspect

Melrose police say the same suspect in the home invasion may also be involved in other break-ins and attempted break-ins in the area

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A 19-year-old woman was hurt when a man came at her with a knife during a home invasion Wednesday morning, according to Melrose Police.

Police said it happened around 2:50 a.m. at a home on Lynde Street. The man allegedly broke into the home and demanded something from someone inside, which led to a fight.

During that confrontation, a 19-year-old woman who lives in the home was injured with a knife on her neck, police said. The injuries were not life-threatening and she was not stabbed, according to police. She was taken to the hospital for treatment.

"He had the knife over her throat, and she wasn't going to go like that. She just fought back," said the victim's father, William Westgate.

A 19-year-old woman as injured with a knife during a home invasion, part of a string of break-ins.

Westgate said his daughter, Ally, had friends over who didn't lock the door when they left, leaving easy access for the man to walk in.

"The first three kitchen drawers were open, and the third row was the knife drawer, and he grabbed the knife out of the knife drawer," he said.

Then, Westgate says, the man opened Ally's closed bedroom door and made threatening demands.

"Held the knife to her throat. And then when she woke up, she was like, 'Who are you?' And he said, 'Give me the keys to your [expletive] car,'" Westgate said. "She thought it was a dream at first and she said 'No,' and she reached over and grabbed her pocketbook and swung her pocketbook at him, and that's what saved her, because it's what knocked the knife back. And he just started flailing at her with that knife and she got stabbed in the throat and it just missed the artery."

The man is suspected in other crimes, including attempted car and house break-ins, in the area.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Melrose Police Department at 781-665-1212.

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