Jeffersonville Police looking for man who attacked, robbed and tied up elderly woman
The woman, who asked us not to reveal her identity, says a stranger approached her last Wednesday while she was standing on her porch.
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Police are searching for a suspect after they say a Jeffersonville woman was attacked, robbed and tied up at her own home.
The victim, who asked us not to reveal her identity, says a stranger approached her last Wednesday while she was standing on her porch on along East Chestnut Street.
"As normal looking as anybody you have ever met," she said about the man. "He didn't make me alert at all."
Police say the man offered to do some yard work and lured her into the garage by asking for a tool.
The woman, who's in her 70's, says she didn't know the stranger was following her inside.
"He walked in (and) slammed the door behind him," she said. "I said, 'What are you doing in here? Get out.' He said, 'No.' From there on, just started punching and screaming. He was not a nice person."
She says the man threatened to kill her, but ended up tying her up with duct tape and leaving her in the garage.
He then took off with her phone and her truck.
"I immediately the minute I heard him, started chewing on that stuff ... got one hand out," she said about removing the duct tape.
The woman was able to reach a neighbor for help. Jeffersonville Police say it's too early to tell if this was a crime of opportunity or planned.
"We'll look at all possibilities about why this victim was targeted by this person," said Jeffersonville Police Lt. Todd Hollis.
Hollis says the woman's truck was discovered a day later in New Albany, but the search for a suspect continues.
"He could be from there. He could have just dropped the vehicle off there," Hollis told WDRB News.
The suspect is described as a white man in his 30s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, slender with short hair and a trimmed beard.
Investigators say he could hurt someone else.
"I'm not easy to fool and this guy had me totally suckered," the victim said.
She says she wants him caught and she wants to warn others to stay alert.
"You just got to be careful who you talk to," she said. "This guy was looking for somebody to take advantage of."
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jeffersonville Police detective division at 812-285-6535.
You can also call the JPD Tip Line at 812-218-TIPS (812-218-8477).
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