A 96 year-old woman tells police she was beaten and sexually assaulted by a masked man inside her own home, and investigators say the case is their top priority. Relatives say they’re devastated and on edge.
“She said he knocked her on the floor and tried to strangle her.” Family members are shaken up and disgusted after their 96 year-old loved one says she was beaten and sexually assaulted inside her Pleasantville home early Saturday morning. We're not naming them to protect her identity. “I’m a former police officer,” said her son, “and I had to just, maintain myself, cause I would've taken the law into my hands and I don't want to do that.”
Relatives believe someone snuck into the woman's home, where she lived alone, around 5:00 Saturday morning, when the victim went outside to get the paper. They say she said the suspect was wearing a mask, and also took things from her dresser. “It’s disgusting,” said Rosemarie Henry, who lives down the street from the victim, ‘that's my lady, my friend, I go and check on her and things.”
Neighbors on the normally quiet street say they're still on edge. “I’ve been shaking ever since,” said Henry, “cause it's scary, you never know.”
“To hear something like that, you know, the person, whoever did it should be put away for life,” said neighbor Singleton McNeil.
“For something like this to happen, it's, it's indescribable.” Authorities say they're waiting for test results from the State Police that were submitted by the hospital. The Chief says this case is taking priority within in the department. “Because it's so serious and the victim herself,” said Chief Jose Ruiz of the Pleasantville Police Department, “like I said, it's something that you don't even think about.”
Family members say the woman is now staying with relatives and will continue to do so. They hope police act fast and are able to catch the man responsible. “The man should be taken out of society,” said the victim’s son, “so that people can live their life without being harassed by people like him.”
Police are asking for the public's help in this case, anyone with any information is asked to contact them at (609) 641-6100 or CrimeStoppers, anonymously at 1-800-658-TIPS.
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