Woman charged with attempted murder in group home beating

6:02 PM, Sep 4, 2013   |    comments
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Lori Pietila

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Assaulted and choked into unconsciousness, that's how Holland police say one woman brutally attacked her female roommate in a group home.

The suspect is now facing attempted murder charges following the assault Tuesday in the 200 block of West 18th Street.

Few neighbors had heard of the group home or halfway house in their own neighborhood. "I knew there were some around Holland but not around this area," says neighbor, Rudy Vela.

However, just a few doors down, police say a brutal attack took place. Lori Pietila, 41, allegedly assaulted and choked her 46-year-old female roommate.

"She was choked to the point of unconscious," says Captain Jack Dykstra of Holland Department of Public Safety. "After pounding on the door for several minutes, the victim that was involved in this case came to the door very badly beaten."

Pietela was arrested at a park a short time later and is now facing attempted murder charges. Police say the two women had a history of not getting along. Details about the group home are scarce, but police do say it's run by a local ministry.

"You're running a halfway house, how professional is that if you're going to let two people try to kill each other?" wonders neighbor, JR Beltran.

"This was an ongoing confrontation between the two and the director was getting ready to kick the suspect out of the home," says Captain Dykstra.

For now, police are waiting for the victim to recover; she's in serious condition and unable to tell her story.

Anyone who has information about this case is urged to contact the Holland Department of Public Safety at (616) 355-1100 or the detectives at (616) 355-1150. Persons also may email investigators at policetips@cityofholland.com. For persons wishing to remain anonymous they may call Silent Observer at (877) 887-4536 or they may visit http://mosotips.com to submit an e-tip.

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