PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Authorities are investigating an attempted sexual assault of an 82-year-old woman in Philadelphia’s Cobbs Creek section. The crime has rattled the neighborhood and shaken the victim who lives in the home.
“She’s traumatized. She’s 82 years old and living by herself,” said Philadelphia Police SVU Capt. Mark Burgmann. “When she came in here, she was pretty emotional. She was crying.”
Burgmann says two men broke into the elderly woman’s home on the 6000 block of Sansom Street around 8:30 p.m. Thursday as she was watching television.
“Two offenders appear in her bedroom. Both offenders had their faces covered in towels,” said Burgmann.
Police say that’s when one of the men tried sexually assaulting her.
“One of the offenders jumped on top of our complainant who was still in bed, and stated to her they were going to rape her. They then attempted to pull her legs open and she fought them and resisted and they then stopped,” said Burgmann.
“Everybody has heard and everybody is talking about it. It’s weird. I don’t know who would target an old lady like that,” said neighbor Kenjra Chance.
Neighbors describe the victim as a longtime resident, a popular staple of the community and someone who refused to be a victim.
“It’s scary,” said neighbor Mavis Pringle. “I’m wondering who and why and who’s watching.”
Investigators say after the men tried attacking the woman, they stole some items, including $160. Detectives also found the towels covering their faces outside the home.
“It looked like they were trying to light them on fire, unsuccessfully,” said Burgmann.
Police have collected DNA from those towels and are looking at surveillance video from a nearby business in hopes to identify the men.
Police describe one suspect as a “dark complexion, heavy build and short” man and the other as a “medium brown complexion, slim build” man.
“As far as these guys, I would say turn yourself in,” said Burgmann.
If you have any information on this incident, call police at (215) 686-TIPS (8477).