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June 29, 2018

Two weeks later, no update on alleged Roxborough home invasion, stabbing

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Police lights arrests crime Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

Kristen Oswald, of Royersford, Montgomery County, died during an Ironman triathlon in Ohio on Sunday after being struck by a commercial truck struck while she was cycling on the course. 

More than two weeks after a reported home invasion and stabbing of a woman in the Roxborough section of Philadelphia, police say they're still investigating the incident.

The alleged attack has caused consternation among residents, particularly in neighborhood social media groups.

The woman who was stabbed said in a Facebook post that the incident occurred just after midnight on Wednesday, June 13. She described going to the side door of her home to check on a noise. There she discovered a man, she said, who forced his way into the residence and stabbed her 13 times before fleeing.

Her wounds were superficial, the woman wrote on Facebook, but an ambulance was called to the scene.

PhillyVoice is not releasing name of the individual who was injured. Other media reports have protected her identity because she is an alleged victim and due to the nature of the reported crime. PhillyVoice also is not publishing the address or street of the home where the incident took place. The residence is located in Upper Roxborough, a neighborhood in the far northwest portion of Philly.

A Philadelphia police spokesperson said on Friday that there have been no arrests, and police do not have information about a possible suspect, adding the department would release any details on the case as they become available.

The woman detailed the alleged incident in a sit-down interview with 6ABC, which was shared widely among Roxborough Facebook groups and sparked concerns from residents seeking answers about what happened, particularly because of the violent nature of the reported attack. 

Some are questioning the authenticity of the account of the stabbing and have sought more answers from authorities and the news media to quell neighborhood fears. PhillyVoice has so far not been able to confirm or dispel the rumors swirling about the incident. 

According to police data, from January 2018 through June 2018, there have been 25 total incidents of aggravated assault without a firearm in the Fifth Police District, which covers all of Roxborough and Manayunk, extending from Lincoln Drive to Montgomery County from south to north, and from the Schuykill River to the Wissahickon Creek from west to east.