Elderly woman wrongfully tied up

Tuesday, January 22nd 2008, 8:13 pm
By: News 9

By Dave Jordan, NEWS 9

An elderly woman was mistakenly tied up when two men accused her of owing a gambling debt.

Two men went to a house in the Penn Square area looking to collect on a debt Thursday.  The men went to the wrong house, just as the owner was returning from taking out the trash.

The woman said that the men called her by name, but it wasn't her name.

The men made an entrance into her home.

Once inside they asked to use the phone, but couldn't get anyone. From there they demanded her purse and jewelry before forcing her into her bedroom where she was tied up and threatened.

The men continued to rummage through her home before leaving and driving away.   Police praise the woman for remaining calm.

This woman says it'll be a long time before she feels comfortable in her own home.

The men did steal two TVs, a credit card, her cell phone and her jewelry. Authorities are still looking for the suspects.