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Prescription Drug assault in Pulaski uncommon for the town

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For the past 20 years, Harold Kidd has lived in this neighborhood around Pepper's Ferry Road. He said it's a pretty quiet community, and that's why he is still shocked by what happened two nights ago.

Around 10 p.m. Wednesday investigators say a man knocked on the door of the home and told the man who lived inside, M.D. Rutherford that his car broke down. After letting him in, the man stabbed Rutherford and took his prescription drugs from his home.

Rutherford was found by his brother the next morning who went to the home after he didn't answer his phone.

For Pulaski Police Chief Gary Roche this violent crime isn't considered common.

"As far as here we haven't had a situation where someone has been attacked and medication taken," says Chief Roche.

But it's something that seems to be happening more around the country with prescription abuse classified as an epidemic by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The police chief says there are some things people can do to possibly prevent themselves from being another victim.

"Locking up medication is a common thing and people don't do it and it's the standard thing you don't let people in you don't know especially if it's at odd hours like this was," says Chief Roche. "Everybody expects the best but you have to be cautious."

He also says a crime like this can happen to anyone with most instances happening among family members.

And while this kind of crime is rare for Pulaski, Kidd says it's still something tragic that's affected more than just one neighbor.

"I hope he gets well they don't need stuff like this anywhere," says Kidd.