Bloomington woman says man strangled her

CrimeCrime, Law and JusticeBloomington (Monroe, Indiana)HomicideAngela Carter

A Bloomington woman says she was followed, attacked, and strangled by a stranger just six blocks away from where Lauren Spierer was last spotted.

The Indiana Daily Student reports the 34 year old woman was walking to a convenience store near 17th and Woodburn when she felt someone was following her. She tried to get help by knocking on the door of a nearby home, but no one answered. She said the man came up from behind and strangled her before leaving.

A witness saw the attack and called police. Police say the woman was suffering from scratches on her shoulders and back and abrasions on her elbows and knees.

Meredith Ephlin, an IU junior who lives with her boyfriend nearby, said she’s scared for her safety. She’s been taking extra safety precautions, like not walking alone at night, since Spierer’s disappearance.

"My neighbor actually brought me and three of my other girlfriends pepper spray," said Ephlin.

Other people, like Angela Carter, say they’ll be looking out for their neighbors a lot more from now on.

"It makes me a little worried, because I have my kids and I want to make sure they're OK," said Carter.

If you have any information about this incident, call Bloomington Police at 812-339-4477.

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