Pregnant woman helps fight off tiki-torch-wielding intruder in Takoma Park, Md.

A pregnant woman and a man fought off a female intruder who attacked them with a broken tiki torch in a Takoma Park home New Year’s Day, but the man was seriously wounded, police said.

Takoma Park police said the incident began shortly after noon Wednesday, when someone started banging on the front door of a home in the 8300 block of Flower Avenue. A woman inside the home, who is seven months pregnant, heard the commotion but did not answer the door, police said. Police spokeswoman Catherine Plevy said it was unclear whether the female intruder knew the victims.

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When no one answered the door, the intruder approached the rear of the home, pushed an air-conditioning unit through a window and entered, police said. Police said the intruder hit the pregnant woman in the stomach with a broken tiki torch — a type of outdoor lighting fixture — and stabbed the man with another sharp object, police said. The intruder fled in a taxi, Plevy said, but officers have identified a person of interest in the case.

The pregnant woman was treated at the scene. The male victim, who was undergoing surgery at a hospital in the District, was expected to survive his wounds, authorities said.

Police provided no ages for the victims. They said investigators are looking for a cabdriver or a taxi company that dispatched a cab to a parking lot at 8302 Flower Avenue between noon and 1 p.m.

Takoma Park police ask that anyone with information about the incident call the department at 301-270-1100. Anonymous tips can also be sent by text to 847411. Type TPPDTIP, followed by the message.

 
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