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Assault leaves NR man bruised, bloodied

A resident on the 600 block of Ron Drive was hit with a surprise when he answered his door early in the morning on March 6.

According to the police report, James Stauffacher was struck in the face with a pipe at approximately 4:50 a.m. on March 6 after opening his door when the bell rang.

The attempted robber, who was wearing a ski mask, tried to push past Stauffacher to gain entry into the home after striking him, but Stauffacher was able to shove him away, according to the police report.

The suspect fell after being pushed, and fled back to the driveway through a snowbank. New Richmond police officers were able to get footprints from the snow.

The suspect ran to a waiting older, dark colored, beat up car. Another man was standing outside the vehicle, and possibly two other individuals were waiting inside. Officers attempted to locate the car, but were not successful that night.

Stauffacher said the robber never got into his house and didn't cause any damage to the home.

Stauffacher wasn't as lucky. According to the report, he suffered injuries to his face and jaw. Officers reported that the entire right side of his face was swollen and black and blue. There was a two-inch, deep laceration under his right jaw. His T-shirt had fresh blood stains on it.

Nothing like this has happened to him or in the neighborhood, he said. Additionally, he's not positive what the robbers were after, Stauffacher said.

Police are investigating the incident.