SOMERVILLE - Detectives in Somerset County are looking for the person responsible for the violent assault of an 18-year-old woman.

Police say the woman was found badly beaten outside a home on Vanderbilt Avenue in Franklin Township at around 6:30 a.m. They say she suffered several stab wounds and a head injury. She was rushed to a hospital where she underwent emergency surgery.

Investigators searched the woman's home and found signs of a struggle in her bedroom. No one else was home at the time of the assault. 

The woman's car was stolen from the home. Police are looking for a 2009 black four-door Mazda 6 bearing the New Jersey plate YHX-85W. 

Anyone who sees the vehicle is asked to call the police. Police warn that the driver of the vehicle may be armed and dangerous. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the Franklin Township Police Department at (732) 873-2300, the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers' Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at or and click on either "Crime Stoppers" or "TIPS HOTLINE".  All Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.