Home invasion reported in Red Oak


February 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak are looking for a man who reportedly broke into a woman’s home early this (Wednesday) morning, and assaulted her before taking off with an undetermined amount of money. Red Oak Police say they received a call at around 12:23-a.m. about the incident which took place in the 300 block of East Elm Street. When officers arrived, they found 27-year-old Tasha Renee Smith, of Red Oak, suffering from cuts, bruises and abrasions. Smith was taken by Red Oak Rescue to Montgomery County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Authorities say an investigation determined that a white man in his late 20’s or early 30’s assaulted the woman after she answered the door, and he forced his way in. He also ransacked a bedroom in the home before leaving with some money.  Police said the suspect was about 5- feet 8- inches tall, with a heavy build and very short hair. He was last seen wearing a gray zip-up type hoodie, black pants and brown work-type boots.

The incident remains under investigation. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s K-9 unit and Red Oak Fire and Rescue assisted Red Oak Police at the scene.