ORLANDO, Fla. (FOX 35 ORLANDO) - The Orange County Sheriff's Office says an elderly woman was beaten after an early morning home break-in at her residence on Tampa Avenue. According to deputies, it happened at around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
“She was sleeping on her couch in the living room when she was woken by male voice. When she woke up and he realized she was awake began hitting her, striking her multiple times,” a Sheriff's Office spokesperson said.
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The 85-year-old victim was reportedly struck several times. The suspect(s) then fled the home. The victim called her son first, then he called 911. Deputies are not sure at this point if they are looking for one or two suspects.
“Because she was awoken and immediately battered, she was a little fuzzy with the information,” the spokesperson said.
Neighbor Adelebert Gaskins woke up to flashing police lights, seeing his landlord and lifetime friend being loaded into an ambulance.
“They walked her out on a stretcher,” Gaskins said.
The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Deputies say the attacker(s) also stole some personal items from the home.
“It’s one thing for people to break into houses. It’s another thing to break into houses where people are actually sleeping and then to beat a lady in her mid 80s That’s just dreadful, intolerable. Why would people do that? It’s awful,” said neighbor Emma Faircloth.
The victim’s property sits on a dead end street. Her home sits so far back on the property that no one heard a thing. Neighbors are now taking extra precautions.
Deputies are asking that anyone who saw anything suspicious along the 3700 block of Tampa Avenue call OCSO or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.