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Brainerd woman attacked by three men, dog helps fight back

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - A woman was attacked at her Brainerd home. Her dog helped fight off three men, but they have still not been caught.

It happened off North Moore Road on Midland Pike around 2:30 p.m. Thursday in broad daylight. The 20-year-old woman is recovering physically, but she's so shaken up emotionally, her friends say she's temporarily left town.

Her neighbors are on high alert and are hoping someone can help police get her attackers off the streets.

Speaking on the woman's behalf, her neighbors and friends walked Channel 3 through how she told them the attack happened. She'd just gotten home from work early Thursday afternoon.

"The guys were hiding out back here and the dog was going off," neighbor, Robert Lamont Soloman said.

After failing to find out what had her dog, Deisel, so upset, she started back in her house. That's when she says three men ran out from hiding and grabbed her.

"They were kicking her head against the floor and kicking her in the stomach and one of them grabbed her pants and was trying to pull her pants down," Soloman said.

"One of them even bit her," neighbor, Tracy Taylor said.

They say she fought back and her boxer, Deisel, jumped in to help, biting two of them in the legs, despite them kicking him in the head, too.

"She blacked out and when she woke up they were gone," Taylor said.

"They ended up running away from the scene and we're still looking for them so if anybody had information on who the suspects are, they can call the police department," Chattanooga Police Officer Nathan Hartwig said.

A Chattanooga police spokesperson said he had no knowledge of a sexual assault, only that she was physically assaulted.

It's enough to scare neighbors, though. They're warning others along Midland Pike to be on the lookout for anyone suspicious.

"It could be me or them, who's to say who's the next victim going to be," Taylor said.

"They did it in broad daylight. They don't care," Soloman said.

Once the woman came to, she called 911. No close neighbors were home at the time, which they say is unusual, they just happen to be out at appointments.

The 20-year-old does live with her parents, who were at work. We're told they've since had a security system installed.

Again, Chattanooga police ask you to call with any tips you think could help them in their search for the three men responsible for the assault.

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