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Pompano Beach Woman Attacked, Duct-Taped at Home: BSO

Deputies are asking the public's help in finding the suspect.

Deputies are looking for a man suspected of attacking and duct-taping a Pompano Beach woman in her apartment before taking her cash and credit cards.

Kathryn Devlin, 53, arrived at her apartment just before 1 a.m. Saturday after doing some late-night groceries, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

As she was putting a loaf of bread in the freezer, she realized a man was standing behind her. Deputies said he grabbed Devlin, covered her mouth and nose with a cloth and her her in the forehead with a handgun.

He then forced her into her bedroom and put duct tape on her ankles and arms, deputies said. He took her cash, debit cards and credit cards from her purse.

"I was scared for my life, definitely I was scared for my life and I just, you know the one thing kept going through my mind; I didn't have a chance to say goodbye to everyone," Devlin said.

He rummaged through her closets and then began to apologize. To be nice, he said he'd leave her cell phone and battery.

Devlin was able to get a pair of scissors and cut off the duct tape after the man left. BSO said just minutes after the attack, the man was caught on surveillance camera using the victim's credit card at an ATM on 400 North Federal Highway.

Detectives said the suspect has "probably done this before" and said they want him off the streets as soon as possible.

Anyone with information is urged to contact BSO Detective Mark Copley at (954) 321-4270 or anonymously report tips to Crime Stoppers of Broward County at (954) 493-TIPS (8477) or online at www.browardcrimestoppers.org. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $3,000 for an anonymous tip that leads to an arrest.

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