No arrests have been made in a Monday morning home invasion during which a woman was struck in the face with a baseball bat, according to the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office.


Officers were called to a home on the 1100 block of Prides Crossing about 11 a.m. by the home’s alarm company, according to Capt. Eric Abdullah, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office. There, they found a woman and her two small children in the home.


Abdullah said an unknown man wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a ski mask entered the home through a back window. The woman inside saw the intruder and “verbally challenged” him, at which point he struck her in the face with a baseball bat. He then fled out the same window he entered and ran into the woods behind the home.


The Aiken County Bloodhound Tracking Team was called in to search for the suspect, and a perimeter was set up around the home. The suspect is described as a white male about 5-foot-10 and between 140 and 150 pounds.


The woman who was struck in the face did not have to be transported to a hospital, Abdullah said. The bat reportedly belonged to one of the children living at the home, and the intruder grabbed it from outside before entering the home.


Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at 803-648-6811 or CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at 888-Crime-SC (888-274-6372). Callers will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000.


Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.