PHOENIX - An 82-year-old woman who was beaten up by a home invader has died from her injuries.
Nancy Newton encountered a man inside her home about 4:30 a.m. He punched her in the face and beat her. It was an hour until Newton could get to the phone to call for help. She was rushed to a hospital.
Police later learned that a burglar had gotten into her home a few days earlier through a window and stolen some money. It's unknown if the two incidents were related, but Newton had not yet secured the window.
Thursday, Newton died, and it is believed that her injuries were a contributing factor.
“I’ll miss her dearly we were just great friends,” says Donna Young, heartbroken over losing Newton. “We feel very violated in that this horrible thing happened to one of our neighbors.”
“It’s very baffling,” says Patti Lesser. “I don’t even think there was anything of value for them to take.”
“Its going to put a real ripple through this neighborhood,” says Lesser.
“We’re neighbors in the true sense of the word, we try to help each other out,” says Young.
The suspect is described as a thin male, 18 to 28 years old, 5'3" to 5'10", wearing a hoodie. Police do not have much else to go on.
(Race/color of criminal conveniently omitted)
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