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Sheriff: Rochester Hills home invader bound, blindfolded 77-year-old woman

The woman told police she was confronted by a man wearing all black clothing and a shirt over his sweatshirt.
The woman told police she was confronted by a man wearing all black clothing and a shirt over his sweatshirt.

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – Police are searching for a man who invaded a home Tuesday afternoon and blindfolded and bound the 77-year-old resident with tape in the 2800 block of Crooks Road in Rochester Hills. .

The woman told police she was confronted by a man wearing all black clothing and a shirt over his sweatshirt. He bound her with tape and blindfolded her before searching the home.

Once the man left the home, the woman was able to free herself and run to a neighbor's home to report the incident to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.

Description of home invader:

The man is described as black, about 25 years old and standing 5 feet 4 inches. He was last seen wearing black clothing with a shirt on top of a sweatshirt. He left in an unknown direction.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Oakland County Sheriff's Office at 888-TURN-1-IN.

Woman's husband had just stepped out

Ernest J. Romer Jr. had just stepped out of the house when it happened.

"Tied her up. She's OK. I know how he got in -- through the windows down there," he said.

Romer pointed to basement windows.

"She ran away after she untied herself," he said.

Romer, who closed his florist business about 10 years ago, said he'll make sure he puts the alarm on during the day and not just at night.

"When things happen you can't worry about it. Just move on and go to the next day," he said.

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