Police are searching for a man who invaded an 83-year-old woman’s home early Saturday in Bensalem, and they believe he may be hiding somewhere in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.
The elderly victim was asleep in her bed — she lives on Crafton Drive near Windsor Drive — when the suspect broke in, threatened her at knifepoint and demanded money. He then tied her to a nightstand at which point the woman faked a heart attack. The man then turned on a ceiling fan and checked her pulse.
He cut her phone lines and fled after finding her debit card. The woman chewed her way through the rope and called police.
The suspect, whose picture was taken at a nearby ATM where he used the woman’s debit card, is described as a thin, 6-foot-tall black male in his late 20s or 30s with a large beard and mustache. At the time of the attack, he was wearing a brown hooded jacket and tan cargo pants and carried a black Tommy Hilfiger shoulder bag.
“The suspect who should be considered armed and dangerous may be in the area of Germantown section of Philadelphia,” reads a press release from Bensalem police. A spokesman would not specifically say why they suspect the suspect was in Germantown.
Police ask anyone with information to call the Bensalem Detective Division at (215) 633-3719.