In an attack that lasted two hours on Sept. 20, an elderly woman was the victim of a violent physical and sexual assault in the house on 51st Street she has lived in for 50 years, police and family said.
The victim's 59-year-old daughter, whose name is being withheld to protect her mother's identity, said the family believes that the attack was not random.
Although no one has been identified, the victim's daughter said there was something the intruder said during the attack that makes her believe it is someone who may know the family.
Police said the intruder broke in through a first-floor window. The victim was awoken about 10 p.m. to a man on top of her, who took off all of her clothes and his own, her daughter said.
He sexually assaulted her, punched her in the face and choked her, police said. He then threatened to burn her if she didn't give him money, but she had little money to give, her daughter said.
The $25 someone gave her as a gift, he took, along with every other little dollar he could find here or there, the daughter said.
Once the sicko fled out the back door, the woman used her medical-alert button to call for help.
"It's so hard to hear that these things happened to her," the woman's daughter said. "It just hurts."
She said that her mother has always been an active and friendly senior citizen, "but I don't know if she can keep being like that now."
"He's an evil person that did this, but I wouldn't wish this on his mother," the victim's daughter said. "I only wish it on him."