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A Manchester woman was in critical condition Saturday at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga after being severely beaten Friday night, according to authorities.
According to Manchester Police Department investigator Butch Stewart, around 9:30 p.m. Friday, Amanda Townsend, 32, of Summer Street, Manchester, was at her residence when whom she later described as “three black males” kicked the door open and entered the house.
According to Stewart, “They began to beat her and asking her where’s the money. They beat her for some time until she eventually passed out.”
According to the report, Townsend regained consciousness in a closet in the kitchen of the residence. A cord had been tied around her neck, her feet and hands behind her back. She was able to free herself and got out of the closet.
“She then ran out and ran to a neighbor’s residence and asked them to call 911,” Stewart said.
When Manchester police Cpl. Stuart Colwell arrived at the residence, he found Townsend with the cord still around her neck and she was “very bloody,” according to the report.
The officer requested an ambulance to the residence and she was transported to United Regional Medical Center where she was stabilized and then flown to the Chattanooga hospital.
According to Stewart, the house had been ransacked.
The investigator stated that due to the blood found in the kitchen area, she was apparently beaten there.
Stewart also stated that the alleged assailants had taken at least three flat screen televisions from the residence.
Police are continuing a search to determine if any other items were taken from the residence, Stewart said.
Stewart was joined in the investigation by investigators Bill Sipe and Mark Yother, along with Coffee County sheriff’s investigators Chad Parton and Jason Dendy.
Members of the police department searched the area for any possible clues in the incident.
Stewart asks that if anyone saw anything suspicious in the Summer Street area or if anyone heard of who might have committed this crime to please contact the Manchester Police Department at 728-2099