‘It’s very hard to sleep’: Chesterfield family still traumatized 1 week after naked ‘devil’ breaks into home

Chesterfield County

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — It’s been one week since a Chesterfield County family was attacked by a naked woman who broke into their home claiming to be the devil.

The woman responsible, identified by police as Ryan Doss, has been arrested and charged. But the Lewis family is still trying to cope with the traumatic experience.

When Melissa Lewis looked at the mug shot of the woman who tried to kill her family, chills ran down her spine. Lewis told 8News Reporter Talya Cunningham she feels “disgust, heartache, and anger.”

Doss, 29, is charged with assault and battery, malicious wounding and breaking and entering.

Ryan Doss

The Lewis family is still reliving their Fourth of July nightmare.

“It’s very hard to sleep … we’re having a lot of flashbacks and it’s something that you never imagine happening,” Lewis said.

The family says Doss was naked and claiming to be the devil when she broke into their home and attacked the family.

Lewis’ husband fired 39 rounds.

“She looked possessed, her eyes were completely black, like saucers, and she was laughing like it was a joke,” Lewis’s husband told 8News after the incident.

Lewis eventually ran out of bullets and began throwing furniture at the suspect. The intruder didn’t stop until one of the children, the Lewis’ 12-year-old son Logan, shoved a wrench into her neck.

“Yes, he did shoot a lot, but he was not meaning to kill her. He was trying to scare her, but she kept coming. We just wanted her out of our house,” Lewis said.   

The incident itself, as well as some of the online backlash, has impacted the family both financially and emotionally.

“Ourselves and our son are having to get some psychiatric help,” M. Lewis explained.

On top of that stress, they can’t return to their home for at least three months.

“We are in hotels back and forth. We stayed at a campground for a few days … just anywhere that we can pretty much lay our heads and try to keep our sanity,” she said.

Although it’s been constant fear and sleepless nights, Lewis is just thankful her family is alive and on the road to healing.

“We are as one. They always say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and we are coming back 10 times stronger … we have to get through this,” she said.

Doss is currently locked up at the Chesterfield County Jail. She’ll be in court in about two weeks for a preliminary hearing and that’s where a judge will likely order a mental health evaluation.

The family says they are going to push for an attempted murder charge.

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