SLO man facing charges after assaulting elderly woman

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - A San Luis Obispo man faces assault charges for a seemingly unprovoked attack on an 82-year-old woman.

Thomas Terrell, 56, is in custody after police say he burst through the door of the woman's home on the 900 block of Monterey Street, threw her to the ground and began punching her.

The victim’s screams for help were heard by several neighbors who stopped the attack. They held Terrell down until police could arrive.

Terrell was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail and could face multiple charges including elder abuse and first-degree burglary.

The victim was treated for lacerations and a concussion but has since been released from the hospital.

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