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News Employee reports assault at Otto convenience center

Authorities in Macon County are investigating an incident of simple physical assault which occurred on Monday.

At approximately 5 p.m., Macon County Sheriff’s Officer Blake Buchanan responded to the solid waste facility in Otto in reference to an assault reported by Pamela Keyser. According to reports, Keyser, 63, was conscious and breathing, but not alert.

Upon arrival, Buchanan found Keyser hiding under the counter of the center’s office where she was reportedly “too afraid to come out.” Keyser was holding a pair of scissors and a can of pepper spray, fearful that someone was after her.

Keyser had a small laceration above her right eye, though suffered no serious injuries. She was transported to Angel Medical Center for further evaluation by Emergency Services. Keyser wasn’t able to provide a description of her assailant, according to reports. “The attacker drove a black truck, but she didn’t recognize him, only his voice. She was struck by his door,” said Officer Jim Lau, of the Macon County Sheriff’s Office. Keyser reported that she was sorting cardboard at the center when a black truck pulled in and the passenger door opened. As she passed the passenger door of the truck, she had to close it slightly to walk past, and as she walked by the door it slammed into her and struck her in the head.

Keyser told Buchanan that the driver, a man, said something vulgar to her when she was struck. “She only noticed he had a black cap on,” reads the incident report. “Ms. Keyser said she ran into the woods immediately, attempting to hide from anyone that may be chasing her.” At that point, Keyser reportedly contacted her coworker via cell phone.

According to reports, Keyser said she thought the voice of her assailant sounded familiar from when the center received “some strange phone calls.” Keyser had been involved in a similar incident at the center in November of last year, when someone reportedly tried to grab her from behind while she knelt down to engage the trash compactor at the center. There are no possible suspects at this time, according to authorities.

The investigation is open and ongoing, and at this point, there are no suspects. Anyone with any information leading to the apprehension of the assailant is urged to contact investigators at (828)349-2104.


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