Sheriff's Department spokesman Jimmy Lee said that around noon the victim was working in her yard in the first block of Jennifer Lane when she saw a suspicious vehicle occupied by two men. Later her dogs began barking in the back yard of the home.
Lee said the victim entered the home and confronted a suspect. The suspect attacked the woman, choking her unconscious. The victim told police that when she woke up she noticed her car, a 2004 Lexus SUV, was missing.
She contacted police and deputies set up a perimeter around the area. A K-9 unit was brought in to locate any suspect or suspects. No individuals were located, however the woman's vehicle was located half a mile away.
Emergency medical crews checked over the woman, who suffered only minor injuries in the incident. Investigators are continuing to look for any clues that might lead to the suspect in the case.
"We've committed a large number of resources to this," Lee said. "We had the crime lab out at the scene all afternoon and we are hoping that they will generate some leads for us."
While the woman saw two men in the vehicle she saw in her neighborhood, only one suspect was seen in the home. Lee said the suspect has been described as a male Hispanic, 20-30 year of age, approximately 5 feet 8 inches, with long hair and a mustache. The suspect was reported to be wearing a white T-shirt, dark pants and work boots. The suspect vehicle as possibly a 1980s gold Camry.
Any person seeing a person matching that description is urged to contact the Sheriff's Department at 646-2441.