Police: Anne Pressley, anchor of KATV in Little Rock, may have been victim of random attack

Wednesday, October 22nd 2008, 7:06 AM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Police investigating the attack on a popular TV anchorwoman say they've found no evidence to suggest she was targeted because of her high-profile job.

Anne Pressly, 26, was in critical but stable condition Tuesday. Police had said Monday that she suffered severe trauma to her head and had life-threatening injuries, but she has improved since then. Her family said she eventually would recover.

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Investigators are talking with her co-workers and friends and have considered whether a stalker or someone in the news recently may have beaten the KATV anchorwoman, but police Sgt. Cassandra Davis said there was no evidence of that.

"Right now, it's being treated as a random incident," Davis said. "It's unfortunate that it was Ms. Pressly, a news reporter, someone that's visible in the community. With what we have, we can only treat it as a random attack, that being a robbery."

Detectives have not yet been able to talk with Pressly. Her purse was missing and a burglary was one possibility, but there was no sign of forced entry into the home. Investigators were not sure of a motive, and Davis said police haven't received many tips.

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Pressly's home is in the Heights neighborhood — a mix of bungalows and mansions near the Little Rock Country Club. Her mother found her unresponsive in bed after going to Pressly's home because she didn't answer a wake-up call. She was found a half-hour before she was to appear on the ABC affiliate's "Daybreak" program.

Pressly had a small role in the Oliver Stone movie "W," which opened Friday. She appeared as a conservative commentator who speaks favorably of President Bush's "Mission Accomplished" event on an aircraft carrier early in the Iraq war.

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