EDGEWATER, Md. (WJZ) — There’s an active search in Anne Arundel County for a man who broke into an elderly woman’s home this morning, assaulting her with a knife.

A 74-year-old woman was held at knifepoint by a man who entered her Edgewater home early Friday, Anne Arundel County police said.

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Officers responded at 12:25 a.m. to the 300 block of Likes Road, where they met the victim. The woman told police an unknown man with a knife entered her home and confronted her in her bedroom.

“Someone comes into her bedroom this is a male armed with a knife they start to struggle with each other,” police spokesman Marc Limansky said.

The woman told police that in the struggle, she sustained a small puncture on her upper torso. When she was able to get away and call 911, the man fled, police said.

The woman was transported to an area hospital with what police said was a nonlife-threatening wound.

Limansky said police immediately established a perimeter, spoke with neighbors, and conducted a helicopter and canine search to secure the area, but they could not find the attacker.

The intruder was described as a 5 foot, 8 inch tall man of an unknown race with a muscular build.

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Police want residents to be aware and take proper precautions like locking their doors to keep themselves safe – but residents in this neighborhood, like Andrew Long, say this is one of the safest places they know.

Long has lived in Edgewater for over twenty years. He moved there for the beach and stayed, because of the community and its safety.

He feels so safe, he told WJZ Friday, he doesn’t even lock his doors and doesn’t plan on starting now.

“I feel safe, I’m not gonna change a thing, I feel comfortable,” Long said.

He is confident police will find the attacker soon.

Long is a member of the neighborhood’s watch patrol and said everyone looks out for one another, “we’re like family here,” and doesn’t believe Friday’s attack will change that.

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Anyone with information is urged to call Anne Arundel County police.

Annie Rose Ramos