Reward offered for suspects after 73-year-old woman beaten, nearly suffocated in her home
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A shocking level of violence leaves a 73-year-old woman badly hurt after she was beaten inside her home.
Police are wondering if the motive was to murder her. The victim was punched, kicked and beaten.
Local 12 is not identifying the victim. She is reportedly confused and afraid because of her injuries.
There are clues that could hopefully help catch the couple.
Elberon Avenue, where the victim resides, is a place where everyone knows each other including their elderly neighbor who was beaten inside her home.
“We're all mad around here. We want them caught. It's one thing to take old person's money to beat them is disgusting," said Mike Mages, who owns the neighborhood grocery.
It started when a woman knocked at the victim's door, saying she was pregnant and needed to use her bathroom. Neighbors say a young man waited on the front porch while the woman went inside.
Neighbors also say he'd been there before asking for money.
At one point, the woman came out of the bathroom and then started punching the older woman. The attacker then tried to suffocate the older woman by putting a pillow over her face.
After the attacker beat the older woman with books, the older woman had a dislocated shoulder, concussion, and a broken nose.
"[There was] no reason to beat this elderly woman and she was probably going to try and kill her,” said Cincinnati Police Lt. Don Luck. “Her phone machine went off, so they fled that's the only thing that saved her.”
Lt. Luck believes the couple working together will find another victim.
"They're going to do it again. They’ve already shown they have no conscience they don't care,” said Lt. Luck.
The victim's purse was dumped out and the contents were taken, but something else that they stole from her can never be replaced: A sense of security in her own home. Few on her street think she'll ever be back.
The male suspect is reportedly black in his early twenties and victim described the woman who beat her as a black woman with a dark complexion.
There is a $2,500 reward from the CrimeStoppers Wheel of Justice for information that will help police find the couple. You can call the hotline at (513) 352-3040. Callers are identified through code numbers, not names.