Man arrested after police say woman was beat with skillet

Jared L. Arnett (Source: West Frankfort Police Dept.)
Jared L. Arnett (Source: West Frankfort Police Dept.)
"Somebody's broke in her home and beat her," the victim's neighbor told the 911 operator.
"Somebody's broke in her home and beat her," the victim's neighbor told the 911 operator.
After a long night, family and friends waited outside the victim's home.
After a long night, family and friends waited outside the victim's home.

WEST FRANKFORT, IL (KFVS) - A Heartland woman is recovering after police say she was brutally attacked by her neighbor. Investigators say 29-year old Jared L. Arnett attacked the 33 year old with an electric skillet.

After a long night, family and friends waited outside the victim's home in the 700 block of East 8th Street. Inside, West Frankfort investigators spoke to her about what happened Wednesday evening.

"Somebody's broke in her home and beat her," the victim's neighbor told the 911 operator.

Her neighbor made the 911 call around 6:30 Wednesday night.

"She's on my front porch right now with blood all over her," added the neighbor the in the 911 call.

West Frankfort Police Chief Jeff Tharp says Arnett walked through an unlocked back door at a home on the 700 block of east 8th street.

"She was tackled to the ground and while he was on her back, he was able to reach into the kitchen cabinet and drag out this out of a kitchen cabinet," Tharp said.

Tharp says from the cabinet Arnett pulled out an electric skillet.  He says Arnett then started beating the woman with the skillet. Chief Tharp says the struggle went on for 20 to 30 minutes before the victim was able to escape and run to her neighbor's house.

"Obliviously she had apparent signs of being beaten and was visibly upset," Tharp said.

Tharp says officers arrested Arnett just a block away where he was outside the front of another home. Tharp says the two are neighbors, but have never had any contact until Wednesday night.

The victim was taken to a local hospital and later returned home.

Meanwhile, Arnett is behind bars in the Franklin County Jail on a $250,000 bond. He is charged with home invasion.

Arnett is excepted to make a court appearance Monday.

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