Two hurt in violent attack at Anna church

| September 29, 2009

ANNA, IL (KFVS) – Emergency crews rushed two women to St. Francis Medical Center Monday night after a violent attack in Anna, IL.

Police said someone broke into the Anna First Baptist church between 2:00 to 4:15 p.m. and attacked the women.

Anna police chief Dale Foster told Heartland News robbery appeared to be the motive. Chief Foster said a person or persons went into the church through a door that’s kept unlocked. Police said the suspect then assaulted the two women who work there.

Chief Foster said the women are in their late 60’s. The church pastor discovered the women in the office and called police shortly after 4. Foster said the pastor was also in the church at the time of the assault but didn’t hear any commotion because his door was shut and the air condition unit was running.

Crime scene investigators were on scene most of the evening Monday looking for clues and going door to door to talk to neighbors. Authorities said they don’t have a lot of information and people who live near the church at the corner of Morgan and High streets need to be on guard.

Church Deacons plan on holding a prayer service for the two women Tuesday near the church.

Anna First posted this message on their website. "On Monday afternoon, September 28th, two of our church employees were brutally attacked and beaten. Both ladies were taken immediately to a local hospital then subsequently air-lifted to the trauma center at St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau, MO. One of the ladies is still at St. Francis under observation in the ICU. The other lady was air-lifted to St. Louis University Hospital and is awaiting surgery. Both are now stable and doing as well as can be expected. Please check back for updates throughout the day as they become available. Your prayers are appreciated."

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