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Grandmother, 75, Fights Off Attacker

Posted February 1, 2007 7:46 p.m. EST

— A Harnett County man is charged with brutally beating and trying to rape a 75-year grandmother.

John Martin Meeks, 30, of Coats, was arrested Wednesday and charged with attempted rape, burglary and assault.

Family members said the victim woke up Tuesday night and found Meeks standing in her room. They said she fought off her attacker, bit his lip and called police.

The victim's injuries were not life-threatening authorities said.

Meeks is out of jail on a $50,000 bond.