CENTERVILLE — Police in Centerville are asking for the public's help finding someone who they believe broke into a church building and choked a 71-year-old woman as she was playing the organ late Saturday.
The woman reported she was practicing at the organ about 9 p.m. when she heard loud pounding for several minutes on the locked door of the chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 270 N. 300 East, said Centerville Police Lt. Zan Robison.
About a half-hour later, "an unknown individual" in a gray hooded sweatshirt attacked her from behind and choked her, forcing her to lose consciousness for a time, Robison said. The assault was not sexual in nature, he said, and police don't know the gender of the alleged attacker.
"We're still trying to look at what the motive is in this," Robison said. "This is just a bizarre case.
A spokesman for the church on Sunday to declined comment on the reported assault.
The woman, whose name has not been released, sustained minor injuries to her neck and is expected to make a full recovery, Robison said. Police don't believe a weapon was involved.
Detectives said the alleged attacker has "an average-size build." They discovered a rock was thrown through a window on the east side of the church, Robison said, and believe that's how the intruder broke into the chapel.
Anyone with information is asked to call Centerville police at 801-292-8441.
Correction: An earlier version gave the wrong address of the chapel where the alleged assault happened. It occurred at 270 N. 300 East, not 160 S. 300 East.