LOUISA COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - An elderly woman is recovering after being brutally attacked in her own home. Authorities are pulling out all the stops to catch the culprit.
It happened at a home on Elm Avenue in Louisa County. The 87-year-old woman was in her own bed when a man broke in and repeatedly punched her in the face.
Authorities can't say what the motive was but aren't ruling out anything including gang initiation. Neighbors won't rest easy until her attacker is behind bars. In the middle of town just around the corner from the sheriff's office an elderly woman is jolted awake by a man hovering over her bed.
"She had cobwebs from a dead sleep, and was immediately being assaulted," said Major Donnie Lowe with the Louisa County Sheriff's Office.
It was about 3 a.m. Saturday morning. Major Lowe said the woman's attacker kicked in her side door. Authorities said during the beating the woman said something to her attacker that made him leave and with a broken cheek bone and swollen eye she managed to get up and call 911.
The attacker ran off with two of the woman's handguns. Rattled neighbors, who asked NBC12 to hide their identity out of fear, are battening down the hatches.
"Yes today I have called a security service and spoken to an electrician to have my house made more secure," said one neighbor.
Major Lowe said they have a few persons of interest. Additional investigators have been assigned to the case. Major Lowe said they won't rest until her attacker is captured.
"For whatever reason, to pick on the elderly like that is just a punk way of doing business and we will identify them arrest them and prosecute them," said Lowe.
The following statement, from the woman's family, was released through the Louisa County Sheriff's Office. They did not want to speak on camera:
We, the family of [withheld], a Christian woman, 87 years of age, ask residents of Louisa County to help us find the coward who savagely beat our mother, sister and grandmother early Saturday morning. Under the cover of darkness, someone broke through her door and brutally beat and left her in a pool of blood to die. As a result of this vicious attack, she is struggling to survive and, if she survives, will likely never regain the vision in her left eye. We are pleading with the public to share information with the Louisa County Sheriff's Office at 540-967-1234. We are offering a $4,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of this monster. This offender may be in possession of a weapon that was taken. This predator is still on the loose and has victimized a senior citizen. Please help us this person to justice before he strikes again and brutally attacks another innocent victim.
The woman is still in the hospital. If you have information about this case, Louisa County Crime Solvers at 800-346-1466.