Cops: Man beats, tries to rape 81-year-old

An 81-year-old woman's bed became the scene of a living nightmare last week in Southwest Philadelphia when she was awoken by a naked man who beat her and attempted to rape her, police said.

The victim was asleep in her house on 51st Street near Kingsessing Avenue in the city's Kingsessing section when she woke up around 10 p.m. to a strange man on top of her who was trying to rape her, according to police.

During a struggle, the sicko, who has not been identified, punched the elderly woman in the face several times and choked her before fleeing out the back door, police said. According to a relative of the victim, the attacker was in her house for nearly two hours. Police were called to the scene around midnight.

Investigators said it appears the assailant gained entry to the house by breaking in through a first-floor window.

The offender is described only as a dark-complexioned black man with gray hair.