Woman clubbed from behind in Riverside, but escapes further harm

A woman was clubbed from behind as she walked in the Riverside neighborhood early Friday morning, and police are concerned that it may be connected to attacks earlier this week around Wichita.

The Riverside incident occurred shortly after midnight near 11th and Bitting, Wichita police Lt. Doug Nolte said. The 36-year-old woman was walking when she was struck in the right temple from behind.

The suspect then tried to pull her pants down, Nolte said, but she was able to break away and began screaming for help. She knocked on nearby doors, asking for help.

The suspect got into a blue compact car and drove away, Nolte said.

The victim had a knot on her right temple, a police document states, but she declined medical treatment.

“This is the third incident in as many days in which a female was approached from behind and attacked, so obviously there’s some concern,” Nolte said.

On Wednesday night, a woman was attacked while walking from her driveway into her house in the 1000 block of South Silverdale Court. Early on Tuesday morning, a woman was robbed at knifepoint on the front porch of her house in the 1600 block of South Woodlawn. Those two attacks were only a few blocks apart.

Anyone that saw anything related to the assault cases over the past three days is urged to call 911, Nolte said.

“We definitely want to call attention to the need for people to be aware of their surroundings and keeping an eye on where they are,” he said.

In the attack on Bitting, the victim’s response “definitely worked by screaming and getting help,” Nolte said. “We’re very fortunate nothing further happened.”