BURBANK (FOX 11/CNS) - Police said Saturday that a woman in her 80s who was hospitalized after a home invasion robbery in Burbank may have been targeted because of her age.
The woman, identified by a neighbor as Geri Dickinson, was home alone in the 1000 block of Cornell Drive when she answered a knock at the door at 8:20 p.m.
A suspect described as a Hispanic male around 30 years old, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, of medium build and wearing dark clothes, forced his way into the residence, Burbank Police Department Lt. Adam Cornils said.
The suspect demanded property and a struggle ensued, he said. At one point, the suspect threw a chair at the victim. Dickinson, described as only 5 feet and approximately 100 pounds, suffered abrasions and facial lacerations.
She was able to summon help with a medical alert system, Cornils said.
On Saturday afternoon, a neighbor told FOX 11 she had been released from the hospital and was recovering at home.
It was not known what, if any property was taken, or whether the suspect was armed, Cornils said.
A Burbank police watch commander said Saturday that it was possible the woman was targeted because of her age, but that is not known for certain.
The suspect is not someone the woman recognized and it appears unlikely she was followed to her home from another location, the watch commander said.
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