Man suspected of attacking Region 8 woman faces murder charges

Robert Andrew Terry (Source: West Memphis Police Dept.)
Robert Andrew Terry (Source: West Memphis Police Dept.)

West Memphis, AR (KAIT)- A man accused of brutally attacking a woman in her own home will be in court Friday to face charges of attempted capital murder.

West Memphis Police say Robert Terry broke into the woman's home Thursday morning and began stabbing her with a ballpoint pen. He then choked her until she passed out and started hitting her on the head with a fire extinguisher.

Police say the woman fought back, and that's what saved her life. "Had she not fought as hard as she could and realized her life was in danger, we would be talking about a homicide today" says Donald Oakes of West Memphis P. D. Terry is charged with aggravated burglary and attempted capital murder. The woman is in the Med in Memphis recovering.

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WEST MEMPHIS, AR (KAIT) – West Memphis police have arrested a man they say broke into a woman's home and began beating her.

According to the West Memphis Police Department, around 1am Thursday morning a home owner on Gibson Avenue heard glass breaking and then went to investigate when she was attacked by the intruder.

Police say 23-year-old Robert Andrew Terry demanded money from the home owner, and then started stabbing her with a ball point pen. Police then say Terry choked the woman until she was unconscious and then started hitting her in the head with a fire extinguisher.

The woman woke up and began fighting back when they say Terry ran from the home. The woman was able to give police a description and police found Terry in the area. Police say physical evidence was also found to be on Terry.

Terry is in the Crittenden County Detention Center and is charged with criminal attempt capital murder and aggravated residential burglary.

The victim is currently being treated at the Med in Memphis. Her condition is unknown.

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