Police: Arkansas TV anchorwoman attacked in home

By: AP
By: AP

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- An intruder beat and stabbed a popular TV anchorwoman in her home during a possible robbery, and left her with life-threatening injuries, police said Monday.

Anne Pressly, 26, was found lying in her bed and bleeding from severe wounds early Monday, police spokeswoman Cassandra Davis. She found non-responsive and bleeding from the head, Davis said.

"She was beaten and there were some cuts to her body," said Davis. She said the cuts were stab wounds.

Pressly, who anchors the 5 a.m. newscast on ABC affiliate KATV, was hospitalized in critical condition, Davis said.

Davis said investigators are considering whether she was attacked during a robbery and are talking to Pressly's co-workers to determine whether she "has had any problems."

The last known contact with Pressly was between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Davis said Pressly's mother gives her daughter a wake-up call and went to the house Monday when Pressly didn't answer. She found her daughter wounded at about 4:30 a.m.

During the station's 11:30 a.m. newscast Monday, anchor Jason Pederson read a story about the attack and said Pressly was hospitalized.

"We would ask that you keep Anne in your thoughts and, especially, in your prayers," Pederson said.

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