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Victim of Waterloo violence speaks out

by John Wilmer

WATERLOO (KWWL) - A victim of a home invasion is speaking out against the violence in Waterloo. Early Wednesday morning, according to police, three women entered an efficiency apartment at 915 West 3rd Street. After entering the home the women pulled Karlene Ayers off her bed and began beating her.

Both Roxanne Porter and Jacqueline Nieman have been arrested on assault charges related to this incident. After the incident Karlene Ayers moved out of Waterloo, but she continues to fight by helping the Waterloo Police Department catch those responsible.      

"When they were beating my head against the trunk by pulling back my hair they broke the bone right here and two bones right here," Karlene Ayers said.

Ayers said she received a rude awakening early Wednesday morning at her former home on West 3rd Street.

"I was scared because of the fact I was not expecting it to happen. I was laying on my bed reading a book when you see three big girls come in your house and come full force at you and drag you by your hair of your bed onto the floor and start stomping on you. There was nothing I could do. I didn't have a chance," Ayers said.

Ayers has also been keeping tabs on the home invasion stories in Waterloo ever since her nephew became a victim of one. Now she's a victim and has advice for others.

"Lock your doors.  My front door was unlocked but that still didn't give them the right to come in my home like they did.  Always take precautions, leave a porch light on, leave your doors locked and don't trust anybody."

Ayers praises both the Waterloo Police Department and emergency crews for their fast response. She also encourages other victims to come forward and help the police catch those responsible.

"I'm very lucky to be alive because they constantly beat my head against different objects in my home while pulling me by my hair. It's just sad to me because like I said I don't bother anybody and this could have... This never had to happen to me and I'm not going to stop until justice is done."

Police say that a number of the past home invasions were not random, and the victims knew the people who came into their homes. 

This is the fourth Waterloo break-in in as many weeks. In one instance, a woman was shot in the leg. No one has been arrested.


Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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