Arrest made in home invasion assault of elderly woman - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Arrest made in home invasion assault of elderly woman

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Police have arrested a juvenile suspect in connection with a home invasion in the Oakville section of Watertown where an 87-year-old woman was pushed, shoved and knocked down to the floor earlier this month. 

The victim, Alma York, told police that the two men asked to use her telephone.

"I'm the kind that sort of trusts most people," York said.

York said she didn't let them in but gave them her cell phone to use outside. When it looked like they were giving the phone back, York said they forced their way inside.

"He pushed me back into the bathroom face down and he held me there while the other guy went looking through the house," York said.

Police have charged the teen suspect with kidnapping, assault of an elderly person, home invasion, larceny, breach of peace, credit card theft, threatening and reckless endangerment.

Police determined that the teen arrested had a gun at the time of the home invasion.

According to police the crime was a random act and a crime of opportunity.

The victim told police that the suspects took items such as her wallet, jewelry and her cell phone from her home and tore an earring out of her ear.

"I said 'what kind of person are you to do this to an 87-year-old woman?'" York said.

The woman's phone was recovered by police down the road from the home, police said.

"People have to realize that something has to be done so this doesn't occur anymore," said Bill Cass, York's nephew.

"It's pretty sad where this world is going and I just hope they find the guys who did it," said neighbor Ed Vaichus.

Additional arrests are expected in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call 860-945-5200.

Residents are advised to keep their doors locked and use caution when unknown people knock at the door.

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