Elderly woman attacked in Rhawnhurst

A man who sneaked through an un­locked win­dow at­tacked a 63-year-old Rhawn­hurst wo­man, strik­ing her head with a ham­mer sev­er­al times.

Capt. John Darby, the Spe­cial Vic­tims Unit com­mand­er, said a man entered the wo­man’s ground-floor apart­ment on the 7900 block of Lor­etto Ave. at about 12:10 a.m. on April 11 as the wo­man was in her bed­room chan­ging clothes.

“The male sud­denly ap­pears, and there is a struggle al­most in­stant­an­eously,” Darby said in an April 11 phone in­ter­view.

The man struck the wo­man sev­er­al times in the face and head with a ham­mer, Darby said. The wo­man’s screams forced the at­tack­er to flee, he said.

The vic­tim was taken to Al­bert Ein­stein Med­ic­al Cen­ter at Broad and Ol­ney and was ad­mit­ted in stable con­di­tion, Darby said.

The wo­man’s at­tack­er was de­scribed as white, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and about 140 to 150 pounds. The man wore his dark hair in a pony­tail, the cap­tain said. He was wear­ing a black wind­break­er with a white stripe, blue jeans, sunglasses and a black and red base­ball cap.

Darby said a neigh­bor saw the man out­side. He said SVU in­vest­ig­at­ors are look­ing for any more wit­nesses and any sur­veil­lance tapes that might have cap­tured the at­tack­er’s im­age.

The cap­tain said po­lice don’t be­lieve the April 11 at­tack is re­lated to any oth­er, but he said two oth­er crimes that oc­curred in the North­east seem to have been com­mit­ted by one man.

In those cases, one on April 3 and an­oth­er on April 10, young wo­men asleep in their beds were awakened by men touch­ing them, Darby said.

Both in­cid­ents oc­curred early on Wed­nes­day morn­ings, and entry in each case was through an un­locked ground-floor win­dow, Darby said. The wo­men’s screams frightened the men away, he said.

The April 3 in­cid­ent oc­curred on the 10000 block of Jeanes St., and the April 10 crime was nearby on the 10000 block of Ferndale St. 

“We be­lieve these two were done by the same man,” Darby said.

The de­scrip­tions of the men match: White, 25 to 35 years old, wear­ing a black hooded sweat­shirt, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a light brown beard and close-cut hair or shaved heads.

Any­one with in­form­a­tion about any of these crimes should call the Spe­cial Vic­tims Unit at 215-685-3252 or 3253, Darby said. ••

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