Elderly Hobart woman fights back during home invasion, robbery

2013-02-01T18:30:00Z 2013-02-13T14:05:03Z Elderly Hobart woman fights back during home invasion, robberyDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | An 89-year-old Hobart woman fought back against two men Thursday night after they broke into her house, attempted to tie her up and robbed her, police said. 

The home invasion and robbery, in the 1100 block of West 38th Avenue, was reported to police at 9:10 p.m., police Lt. David Grissom said.

Grissom credited the gutsy style of the elderly woman who, even though frightened, kept her wits about her.

"She fought back and her fighting back probably got them out of her house sooner. She wasn't afraid to fight back," Grissom said.

The woman, who uses a walker, was taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart, where she was treated and released.

The woman told police she was taking a shower shortly before 9 p.m. when she noticed her lights went out.

The woman got dressed and saw two men, one tall and one short, had entered her darkened house, Grissom said.

She said the shorter man grabbed her and forced her into her bedroom, where he pushed her onto the floor facedown and attempted to tie her up and gag her with tape, Grissom said.

She fought back, managing to resist being tied up or gagged, Grissom said.

The taller man walked around her house looking for items to take, while the shorter man questioned her about where she kept her valuables, Grissom said.

The pair eventually left, taking the woman's safe containing paperwork and items of sentimental value, jewelry and a 32-inch Samsung television set, Grissom said.

Before leaving her house, the men threatened her not to contact police and cut all but one of her phone lines, Grissom said.

The woman wasn't able to provide police with a full description of the two men, but police are following several leads in the case, Grissom said.

Police are seeking information regarding the crime, including whether anyone saw a vehicle at the woman's house between 8:30 to 9:10 p.m.

"Solving this case is high on our list," Grissom said.

Grissom can be reached at (219) 942-1125, ext. 1066.

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