Elderly woman attacked in Chesapeake

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – Chesapeake Police are investigating a home invasion that left a 92-year-old woman badly bruised.

Someone broke into Florence Manns’ Watermill Grove home late Friday night, while  she was sleeping.

“I wasn’t afraid that night. I am never afraid because the Lord looks after me,” she said.

Manns said God was watching over her when she woke up to a loud thud in the hallway and realized she wasn’t alone.

“They threw a teapot that I have, a decorative teapot, threw it in the hallway,” Manns said. “I think they knew the dog usually is there, but the dog was not here and they wanted to be sure. The dog would have barked hearing that teapot hit.”

Next thing she knew — the bedroom door opened and saw the bathroom scale coming toward her head. Luckily, it hit the headboard of the bed before it landed on her neck.bruise

Photos: 92-year-old assaulted in Chesapeake

“If it had hit me head on, I’d really be out of it,” she said.

The stranger, who kicked in the kitchen door to enter the home, used it again to make a quick getaway. Police told Manns they traced the suspect’s tracks through the backyard, over the fence, and toward a bridge to Portsmouth.

Manns’ grandson is working to fix the door while she counts her belongings and her blessings. The stranger didn’t take a thing.

And, if she came face to face with the suspect, Manns joked she would say, “Thank God your aim wasn’t any better!”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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