By Harold Bearden & Glenn Collins
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 | 12:05 PM
Reba Butler, 54, the daughter of the late Gravis Mays of Mays Flowers, was attacked in her mother's home Monday morning.
An unknown assailant entered Butler's bedroom Monday morning between 5:30 and 5:45 AM. The assailant used a table leg that he brought with him to strike Butler while she slept in her bed. He then proceeded to choke her until she lost consciousness.
At this point, Butler's mother, Ruby Mays, fought off the assailant and he fled the scene. Mays then resuscitated her daughter.
Butler was taken to Lakeland Community Hospital, then on to St. Vincent's Hospital. She was released from the hospital Monday evening.
Neither Butler nor Mays recognized the assailant. He is described as a white male, between 5'-10" and 6'-2", and between 200 and 240 lbs.
Nothing was taken from the home, and the assailant left the table leg. The leg did not belong to any piece of furniture in the home.
District Attorney Jack Bostick said, "No motive has been established." He added that the public's help is welcome in this investigation.
HPD and the 25th Judicial District (Winston/Marion counties) DA's office are investigating the attack.
Anyone with information should call the HPD at (205) 486-5201, the WCSO at (205) 489-8765, the MCSO at (205) 921-7433, or the DA's office at (205) 489-2235 or (205) 921-7403.