Police Seek Suspects After Elderly Woman Assaulted In Shawnee Home Invasion

Thursday, October 23rd 2014, 7:07 pm
By: News 9

Police have responded to an unusual number of home invasions -- three in a week's time.

In the most recent incident, an elderly woman was badly beaten.

Aline Smith, 71, was asleep when two masked men broke in through her back door in the 1900 block of N. Louisa, just off Kickapoo, around 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

She reported she was startled awake by the intruders as they yelled and demanded money.

The suspects took all the money from her purse but wanted more.

She said they told her to go to the ATM with them. Smith offered her car instead.

When there was enough distance between Smith and the suspects, she tried to get away.

"She ran out of the house, and, as she ran out of the house, she tripped and fell in the yard," Shawnee Police Detective Jason Crouch said. 

Crouch said the men then kicked her in the face and stomach, repeatedly.

Smith told police she pretended to be unconscious until the suspects gave up and left.

They made off with money, her late husband's shotguns and a phone.

When it was safe, Smith crawled across the street to the neighbor's house to call 911.

Officers arrived not long after, but she could not give a good description of the suspects.

She said they were wearing masks and held a flashlight to her face.

Still, police were able to collect fingerprints and other evidence at the scene.

They rushed Smith to the hospital where she was treated for a brain bleed, broken bone and bruising.

She's since been released and wants the suspects caught.

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects.

Call Shawnee Crime Stoppers at 405-273-0989.