Woman Remains Hospitalized After Home Invasion
Police unsure why Airport Heights resident was targeted
ANCHORAGE - A 65-year-old woman remains hospitalized tonight after police say she opened her door to a stranger who beat her severely about the head and face. According to police, it happened around 5:30 Tuesday evening on East 17th Street in a quiet Airport Heights neighborhood. The woman was cooking her dinner when she heard a knock at the door.
“She answered the door to the stranger,” said APD’s Anita Shell, "and was met immediately by an individual who started beating her about the head and face. She was knocked unconscious for a while, and then woke up to find herself covered in blood. Her purse had been dumped out in the living room and some of her valuables had been taken out of her purse.”
Police said the man could have stolen other valuables in the home but instead made off with just a small amount of cash and several credit cards. They still don’t know why the woman was targeted.
“It sounds completely random,” said Shell. “Nothing in her life indicates anything that she may have been in that may have led to this type of attack occurring to her. By all accounts she was really a kind person who would give you the shirt off her back.”
Police detectives plan to interview the woman again but say she remembers little about the attack or the attacker since it happened so quickly. It’s not clear when she will be released from the hospital. Police expect she will need surgery to correct some of the damage that was done from the beating.