Thursday, July 30, 2015

Woman, 93, duct-taped in N.J. home invasion


A 93-year-old woman was assaulted early Friday during a home invasion in Lindenwold, N.J.

Investigators said a man entered the victim's Fairmount Avenue home sometime between 2 a.m. and 5:30 a.m.  The intruder allegedly covered the woman's eyes and mouth with duct tape, cut the home phone line and blocked the hallways so she couldn’t escape.

Police said the suspect then ransacked the house, making away with a bank book and an undisclosed amount of cash.

After the man left, the woman was able to pull the tape off her eyes. Police said she then set a flashlight to the strobe setting and put it in a window. A neighbor saw the flashing light around 7:30 a.m. and called police.

The victim was evaluated at Virtua Hospital in Berlin. Investigators said she suffered no serious injuries.

Anyone with information that could help identify the intruder is asked to contact Det. Mark Wilhelm, of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, at 856-225-8585, or to call Lindenwold police Det. Art Walls at 856-784-7566.

Contact Alex Wigglesworth at 215-854-2305 or Follow @phila_lex on Twitter.

Contact the Breaking News Desk at 215-854-2443; Follow @phillynews on Twitter.

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