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October 2, 2013

Woman says she fought off attacker with pot

LOWELL, Mass. — A woman told police she used a cooking pot as a weapon to fight off a man she said was trying to rape her at knifepoint at a hotel outside Boston early Sunday.

Frank Harrison, 46, of Lawrence, Mass., was appeared in court Monday with a visible lump on his head and bandages on his cheek and chin. He is charged with kidnapping, assault to rape armed (knife), and indecent assault and battery on a person over the age of 14.

Police in Tewksbury, Mass., said they responded to the Extended Stay America for a report of a man "partly covered with blood and lacerations to the head."

"Upon arrival, officers were approached by a female victim who told them that the injured male (Harrison) had attempted to rape her at knifepoint and would not allow her to leave the room," according to a statement from Tewksbury Police. "The victim stated she was able to fend off her attacker by striking him with a cooking pot, forcing him to run away."

Prosecutors said the woman told police she met Harrison at a party in Lowell, where he offered to drive her to another party, but instead brought her the hotel.

Talbot writes for The Eagle-Tribune in North Andover, Mass.

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