71-Year-Old Woman Attacked While Practicing Organ at Church, Police Say

Nov 18, 2018, 11:01 PM | Updated: 11:02 pm

CENTERVILLE, Utah – Police in Davis County are on the hunt for a suspect who’s accused of assaulting a 71-year-old woman inside a church building while she was practicing the organ.

Authorities say the incident took place between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 270 N. 300 East in Centerville.

They say all the doors were locked but that didn’t stop the attacker from getting inside the building.

Several people who attend church there, were surprised to hear the news.

“One of the reasons we live here in Centerville is we feel like we’re in a safe community,” said Stephanie Finlinson. “I was shocked, wondering why the news would be here at our church.”

“It’s weird to think about,” said Sydney Dorrance. “It’s the kind of stuff that only happens in movies.”

Even police can’t comprehend how something like this could happen.

“Why would somebody attack an innocent 71-year-old female in a church playing the organ?” said Lt. Zan Robison.

Lt. Robinson says the woman was alone in the building when the attack occurred. She reported that she heard someone loudly banging on a door outside.  She told police she ignored it, but about 30 minutes later, someone came up behind her while she was playing and started choking her.

“She did lose consciousness at one point so it was very difficult for her to try to fight somebody off,” said Lt. Robison.

Investigators say even though the church was locked, the suspect got in by throwing a rock through a window.

But they still don’t know why he/she did it.

“We’re still trying to look at what the motive is in this,” said Lt. Robison. “This is just a bizarre case.”

Police say the attacker is still out there, but everyone hope they’re caught soon.

“I can’t think of how they could live with themselves, why they would do that,” said Finlinson. “To pick a church and a vulnerable elderly adult. It’s scary. We need to find them.”

Authorities say the woman is expected to be okay.

They are asking anyone who saw or heard anything out of the ordinary Saturday night to give them a call at 801-292-8441.


KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Salt Lake city Fire at the vacant home. (KSL-TV)...
Michael Houck

Firefighters extinguish fire at vacant Salt Lake City house

First responders took down a fire at a vacant and boarded-up house Sunday evening. 
22 hours ago
Trent Anderson and his 27-year-old horse, Duncan during the parade before the car hit them....
Shelby Lofton

EXCLUSIVE: Car crashes through barricades, hits horse and rider during Christmas parade

A man and his horse are recovering after being hit by an alleged DUI driver during a Spanish Fork Christmas Parade Saturday night.
22 hours ago
A trailer rollover blocks two left lanes of I-15. (Utah Department of Transportation)...
Michael Houck

Trailer rollover blocks portion of I-15, suspect in police custody

A person is in custody after attempting to flee the scene of a car crash involving a trailer Saturday afternoon, police say.
22 hours ago
Massive blue ice sculptures with a starry sky....
Brooke Williams

Ice castles are constructed by hand one icicle at a time

Cold temperatures means construction on the Ice Castles at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center has officially begun, and it's coming together one icicle at a time.
22 hours ago
Customers looking around for trees to purchase. (KSL-TV)...
Erin Cox

Utah farmers say real Christmas trees prices continue to rise

Utahns looking for a real Christmas tree may notice a few extra dollars to the price tag compared to past years.
2 days ago
West Valley City police at the scene of the crash on  3100 S 3200 W. (KSL-TV0...
Michael Houck

Three car crash closes road in West Valley City

A person was sent to the hospital in serious condition after a three-car crash on Saturday, according to West Valley Police.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
71-Year-Old Woman Attacked While Practicing Organ at Church, Police Say