The mother of a teenager who was brutally attacked over the weekend in Nepean is warning residents to be on guard.
“Your house isn’t safe,” said the woman. “(My daughter) thought it was me ringing the doorbell. I forgot my keys.”
A man barged into the home near Greenbank and Banner roads and sexually assaulted the teen around 3 a.m. Sunday.
The mother was too distraught to confirm the extent of the injuries.
“She was beaten pretty badly,” she said. “It’s a long road to recovery here.”
The 18-year-old — who is autistic and has obsessive-compulsive disorder — had just walked home from a nearby Tim Hortons where she had met friends.
Three minutes later, the doorbell rang and she opened the door, which doesn’t have a peephole, “an inch,” said her mom.
The man forced his way into the house and then attacked her, said Ottawa police.
“She fought him off,” said the mom, who was at a barbecue in Orléans at the time.
The young woman kicked him in the head, then locked herself in the bathroom and phoned her mother, who called 911.
The mom made it home seven minutes later and police and paramedics were already on site.
Neighbours saw the man leave on foot and actually said hello to him, thinking he was a guest. The man replied by telling them to f— off.
The porch light, on a timer, was off at the time. It will now remain on.
“Who cares about the electricity bill?” the woman said.
The victim was treated at the Civic hospital, then released Monday.
“The CAT scan was fine and she has no broken bones,” said her mom.
Investigators couldn’t be reached for comment Sunday or Monday.
Teens living in the neighbourhood said it’s generally safe.
“It just creeps me out that it actually happened in, like, her house,” said Mina Maksimovic, 16.
Melina Langevin, 14, is on the same page.
“If you’re on the street, you can always call or scream, but if it’s someone’s house, then people aren’t going to be as much like, really precautious, ’cause they think they’re safer in their own homes,” said Langevin.
The suspect is described as Middle Eastern in his mid-20s.
He stands about 5-foot-10 with a thin build and weighs about 150 lbs.
The man has short brown hair with tailored facial hair.
Anyone with information can call the sexual assault/child abuse section at 613-236-1222, ext. 5944 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS).