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LANSING — Police asked residents to be on alert after two elderly residents were robbed and one was sexually assaulted in separate home invasions.

Lansing police were called about 10 a.m. Thursday to a home in the 17100 block of Lorenz Avenue for a robbery.

The resident, an elderly man, told police a man had approached him as he exited his garage, took his phone and money, went in his home to look for more money, and ran off, Lt. Steven Roberts said.

About 10:30 a.m. Sunday, police responded to a home in the 17100 block of Greenbay Avenue for a home invasion. Greenbay is one block east of Lorenz Avenue, Roberts said.

The homeowner, an elderly woman, told police a man pulled her into a garage from the alley, demanded money and took her inside her home. The man sexually assaulted her while in the home, robbed her of jewelry and fled on foot, Roberts said.

Police extensively searched the area, but were unable to locate the man, Roberts said.

The victims in both cases gave a similar description of the man. They described him as black, about 30 years old and 5 foot 9 with a medium build, short hair and dark clothing.

Police asked residents to remain alert and call 911 immediately about anything suspicious.

Anyone who may have seen something suspicious related to the two cases or has video surveillance is asked to call the Lansing Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division at 708-895-7150.

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Sarah covers crime, federal courts and breaking news for The Times. She joined the paper in 2004 after graduating from Purdue University Calumet.