An elderly woman was awoken in her Coney Island home on Christmas morning to a home invader who, cops say, viciously attacked her during the break-in.
Around 6:45 a.m. on Dec. 25, an 88-year-old woman was terrorized by a man inside her apartment near Surf Avenue and W. 25th St., who broke in through her “unsecured front door,” police said.
Once inside, the burglar allegedly forced the octogenarian into her bedroom and sat her down on the bed as he ransacked her property. Whenever the woman attempted to leave, authorities added, the man punched her in the face.
Cops said that at some point during the attack, the woman managed to activate her emergency medical alert service that caught the suspect’s attention. He punched her in the face once more before running out of the apartment, police said.
The woman was taken to New York City’s Health + Hospitals/Coney Island where she was treated and released.
The woman’s niece told PIX11 she will likely require surgery for a broken orbital bone.
The suspect is described as an African-American man in his 40s, with a beard and mustache. He was last seen wearing a black hooded sweater, a dark colored hooded jacket, beige pants, black sneakers and was pulling a black wheeled suitcase.
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