Burglar traps elderly Youngstown woman in bedroom for nearly 2 days
By Joe Gorman
Police say an elderly woman whose West Side home was broken into Sunday evening cowered in her bedroom for two days.
The 89-year-old woman is being treated at St. Elizabeth Health Center after police found her about 11:35 a.m. Tuesday after they were called to check on her welfare.
Officers called to the home in the 100 block of South Maryland Avenue noticed a door kicked in. They waited for other officers to arrive to seal the house to keep anyone inside from getting out before going in, reports said.
Officers got inside and identified themselves before coming to a door that was tied to another door by duct tape and an electrical cord, reports said. When police asked if someone was inside, an elderly woman answered, reports said.
Police then forced the door open and found the woman in her bedroom.
The woman told police that a man had broken into her home sometime late Sunday around midnight and had asked her for money. She said she told the man she did not have much money but there may have been some in her kitchen. Reports noted the house was ransacked.
The woman said she could not see the man very well because it was dark but she said he spoke in a gruff voice, reports said.
A neighbor said she thought she saw someone in the woman’s house in the spot where the door was kicked in late Sunday, and another person said her dogs were barking loudly about that same time, but they did not call police.
Chief of Detectives Capt. Brad Blackburn said if residents hear or see anything out of the ordinary, they should call police.
“Call if you hear something,” Blackburn said. “Take a look out and look around, especially with an elderly neighbor.”
Detectives were called out and were back in the neighborhood Wednesday, and some physical evidence also was collected and is being tested, Blackburn siad.
Blackburn said because the doors were tied together, the woman could not get out of the bedroom and she did not have a phone to call for help.