An elementary school in Derby was put into lockdown for a brief period Thursday morning after an elderly woman is beaten inside her house by masked suspects.
Two masked suspects entered the home of 80-year-old Lucy Fabiano on Lombardi Drive around 10:30 a.m., police said.
The woman was hit several times including in the head when she tried to stop the burglary, police said.
"She interrupted a burglary," said Derby police Lt. Sal Frosceno. "Subsequently she was assaulted by two masked individuals."
The suspects found the home on foot.
Fabiano's daughter found her and called police. She was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital where she is in stable condition.
It is unclear if anyone was taken from the home.
While police investigated the incident, Bradley Elementary School was locked down only as a precaution for about 30 minutes.
Derby police stationed an officer at the school to ensure no one enters school property that shouldn't be there.
"For somebody to violate my aunt like this, there will be repercussions," said Fabiano's nephew FredAngelino.
No arrests have been made at this time. However, one family member of Fabiano said his family owns several rental properties and thinks they may be tenants.
"My aunt has them come here, work on the property, rake the leaves, cut the grass, shovel snow and so forth. She pays them, she takes money off the rent," Angelino said. "She goes shopping for these folks and gives them canned goods, non perishables, she takes care of them."
Neighbors said Fabiano has lived by herself a long time for a long time and is a cancer survivor. Angelino said he thinks whoever was involved with this incident knows that Fabiano lives alone.
"This is tragedy and we're going to get if the police don't find out who did it," Angelino said.
Police have not commented at all about the suspects. Eyewitness News was still waiting to see if police were going to release a description of the possible suspects.
With masked burglars on the loose, neighbors told Eyewitness News they can't help feeling scared.
"We're all primarily elderly people here. We're not young folks," said Jim Watson of Derby. "So if somebody wants to come into your house, they're going to come in."
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Derby Police Department at 203-736-1499.
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Friday, July 18 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:26:33 GMT
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