Suspect sought in strangulation attempt of Calexico woman, 88

December 11, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — Police here are searching for a suspect who reportedly attempted to strangle an 88-year-old woman whose home he had entered through an unlocked door.

The woman, whose identity was not released, suffered minor injuries and may have saved her life by struggling with the suspect, who, police reported, fled when she fought with him.

The attack occurred at 6 p.m. Friday in the 800 block of Heffernan Avenue.

Calexico police Sgt. Jim Neujahr said the suspect, a Hispanic male with short hair and a thin build thought to be 25 to 30 years old, entered the home through an unlocked door and was walking through rooms.

At some point, the woman — who was home alone — noticed the suspect, whose face was covered by a bandanna, and confronted him.


The two struggled and the suspect choked the woman.

The woman did not back down from her attacker.

"Apparently she put up enough of a fight," Neujahr said. "He got scared, stopped strangling her and ran out of the house."

The woman then went to a neighbor's house, from which police were contacted. When officers arrived they found the woman with minor injuries. She was treated at the scene and did not require further medical attention.

Police had not made an arrest in the case and were continuing the investigation this morning.

Neujahr warned the people to keep doors and windows locked because of the danger of such home invasions.

>> Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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