Culpeper police searched Wednesday for a man who forced his way into a home and attempted to sexually assault a woman in front of her 6-year-old daughter, who came to her mother's aid.
The woman told police that the doorbell rang about 7 a.m. Wednesday after her husband had left for work. When she opened the door, a man pushed his way inside and grabbed her by the throat.
The woman said she struggled with the intruder but was pushed down on some furniture, according to Culpeper police Detective Troy Steele. The little girl then tried to help her mother, he said.
"The mother said the suspect slapped the 6-year-old and knocked her across the room," Steele said.
The assailant then allegedly continued his assault on the mother, but the child would not quit.
"Again the 6-year-old came to the rescue and this time the suspect throws her into a closet," Steele said.
While the suspect was dealing with the child, the mother frantically called 911, and officers were dispatched to the house.