Elderly woman assaulted in Virginia Beach home invasion

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Police are looking for a man who assaulted and robbed an elderly woman in her Virginia Beach home, then took off in her car.

Around 2 p.m. on Wednesday, the elderly victim was in her home on Sullivan Boulevard when a man came inside. According to police, the suspect assaulted the woman and restrained her before he ran out, taking some of her belongings with him. The suspect fled in the victim’s 2007 Toyota RAV4. The vehicle has a Virginia license plate of KGW-7740.

(Photo courtesy Virginia Beach police)

The victim is expected to be OK.

Police describe the suspect as a white male in his early 20s, between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall with a skinny build, weighing about 130 pounds. He has short brown hair and a goatee and was last seen wearing shorts, a tee-shirt, a light-colored baseball cap and sunglasses. Police say he was also wearing white shoes with a bird on the back.

10 On Your Side spoke with neighbors on the street, who said they didn’t know about the home invasion.

“I could not believe it. I did not think it could happen around here. Everyone says this is a good neighborhood,” said one resident, who did not want to be identified.

The neighbor, who lives at home with her young children, says she saw the police cars on Wednesday, but didn’t think anything of it.

“It’s concerning because you’d think if something like this happened, the police would notify us. We haven’t heard anything at all,” she said.

Jesse Bauer has lived on Sullivan Boulevard since the 1990s and says the community has changed. He recently purchased an alarm system.

“It seems like every other house has a home security system in this neighborhood,” Bauer said.

Bauer says he believes an event like this may spark change in the community.

“It takes a tragedy like this for something to happen, a neighborhood watch to happen. If that’s the case, I’ll support our neighborhood,” he said.

If you know anything about this crime, call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.