Elizabeth City police: 80-year-old woman assaulted during attempted robbery

Correction: Police initially said this incident happened on March 8. They clarified on Wednesday that it actually happened on Tuesday, April 25.

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) — Police are looking for two crooks who assaulted an 80-year-old woman during an attempted robbery in Elizabeth City.

It happened around midnight on Tuesday, at a home within the Hickory Village Mobile Home Park.

The victim, Dot Lane, told 10 On Your Side she is the property manager there. The two culprits came knocking on her door, claiming they were there to pay their “grandmother’s rent.”

“I didn’t think anything of it,” she said. “[Tenants] come up here all the time.”

As Dot opened the door, the culprits reportedly pushed their way through, knocking her down onto a bedroom floor.

“One of them hit me beside the head and the other kicked me in the stomach.”

But Dot fought back, punching one of the assailants.

“I think he was shocked because I got him right underneath the chin… good for me!”

The pair reportedly pulled out stun guns, demanding cash. Dot reached for a flamingo pillow, shielding herself. She started yelling out for her family members, although they weren’t there.

“‘Come quick, your grandma needs you!’ … And [the suspects] flew out the door!”

She said the pair got away empty-handed.

“They were not gonna take advantage of me! This is my house!”

Dot suffered a stun gun shock to the head and several cuts and bruises. Medics were called to the scene, but she refused treatment.

Going forward, she won’t be accepting rent payments at her home after 5 p.m.

“It’s horrible and maybe if the story gets out, people will be more careful,” she said. “I’m definitely gonna get my pistol so I can carry it in my pocket… I’ll be a pistol-packin’ momma!”

Police described the suspects as two black males with thin builds, wearing gray hooded sweatshirts and black jeans. Dot suspects they may be teenagers. If you know anything about this story, call the Crime Line at 252-335-5555.