92-year-old woman beaten during Chesapeake home invasion

Posted at 10:51 AM, Feb 05, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-06 05:55:07-05

Chesapeake, Va. - Police are investigating the beating of a 92-year-old woman in a home invasion.

It happened just after midnight in the 2400 block of Watermill Grove.

Police say the suspects forced their way into the back of the home and beat the woman with an object while she was sleeping.

“What are you looking for? I have nothing! I`m just an old lady that`s accumulated a lot of junk!”

That’s what 92-year-old Florence Mann has to say to whoever broke into her home and bruised her chin.

“It hurt! It hurt like the devil,” she told NewsChannel 3.

She says they knocked down the back door, then went to her room, and threw her scale at her face while she was lying in bed.

“They opened the door to my room. It wasn`t locked but it was shut. Then they threw the scale and hit me.  When I woke up, I said `what in the heck is going on?! I`ve lived here 92 years I don`t want to go out like that,” Mann said.

That’s when she called 911. Then she realized whoever came into her home ransacked the inside, but didn’t take anything.

“I don`t have anything for them to take that young people would want. Old people would appreciate some things, but not young people,” she added.

Chesapeake investigators tell NewsChannel 3 there was a similar break-in on the same street that day. Similarly, the intruders didn’t take anything, but there, no one was home.

"It makes you more alert,” says Freddie Herman, who lives next door to Florence. “There's no doubt about that. We have a civic league meeting coming up and I’m sure it's going to be the topic of what's going on." 

Herman says the 80 year-old man who lives at that house wasn't there but it's the older folks in the neighborhood he says that seem to be the targets.

As for Florence, she just wishes she could have avoided the bruise on her chin.

“I wish I could tell them, next time knock on my door and tell me what you want!” she said.