Man robs, sexually assaults elderly woman at her Romulus home

Woman says man made his way inside, was soft-spoken at first but then started stealing things, sexually assaulted her

ROMULUS, Mich. - The 72-year-old woman lives a simple life in Romulus in a house she has called home for more than 20 years.

It's just her and two dogs, Dolly and Daisy. However, on Tuesday morning trouble found its way inside.

"The gate was locked but he crawled over the gate," she said. "Let the dogs out and left the door open about that far."

That's all it took for an intruder to find his way inside.

"You know how you sense there is somebody there with you? All of a sudden I looked and he was standing there. I thought he had a knife," she said.

The woman is handicapped and cannot walk without her walker. She says the man helped her around the house and was soft-spoken.

"He said, 'Don't look at me.' I begged, 'Don't hurt me. Don't hurt my dogs,'" she said.

He began searching the home for money.

"He asked if I had money, and old coins. He asked if anyone else was here," she said.

Then he hit the jewelry box.

"I asked him please don't take my wedding band, and he said, 'Why don't you have it on?' I said, 'Because I'm a widow,'" she said.

He took the ring anyway. What happened next will drive you to tears.

"He told me to lay down. He said don't move. He asked if I had any condoms. I said, 'I'm 72 years old.' Then he raped me," she said.

She laid there in tears. The terror finally stopped and the man left, but not before ripping all of the phones off of the wall. The woman managed to get a cellphone from her purse and called 911. She was tired, afraid and broken. That's how she said she felt.

The man took a lot from her, but she vows he will not take her peace of mind.

"He's not taking that from me because my house, my dogs, that's my life. That makes me happy and I can't let him take that away from me. I've got to work through this," she said.

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