Police hope to release a composite sketch sometime Thursday afternoon of the knife-wielding man who attacked a pregnant woman outside her Hallam home on Tuesday, Hellam Township Police Chief Mark Sowers said.

Sowers said the woman -- whose name has not been released -- was slashed twice as she walked out of her home in the first block of East Forry Avenue. She suffered wounds to her face and arm, he said.

"They are not life-threatening," he said.

The woman was taken to Memorial Hospital, where she needed stitches in her arm but not for the scratch on her face, the chief said.

"She was ... released late last night," Sowers said on Wednesday morning. "Everything turned out OK."

Man at door: It happened about noon as the woman was letting out her dogs, according to the chief.

"In the process of letting her dogs out, she encountered someone at the door," he said.

The man was wearing a hooded sweatshirt and attacked her, Sowers said.

A search of the area by police did not locate the attacker, he said.

"At this point we have no idea (about the attacker's identity)," Sowers said.

Sowers said investigators are checking surveillance footage in the area and will re-interview the victim.

"The hospital is not the best environment" for a full police interview, Sowers said.

Military family: The woman and her husband recently moved to Hallam, where they are living with a family friend until they find their own place, he said.


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Her husband just left the military and has family in the area, Sowers said.

The chief said people who see anything unusual should contact police right away.

"(Residents) don't need to be frightened, but they always need to take extra safety precautions and be vigilant," Sowers said.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call 911 and ask for the Hellam Township dispatcher.

-- Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.