Duct Taped 93-Year-Old Uses Flashlight to Call for Help

By Vince Lattanzio
|  Saturday, Feb 22, 2014  |  Updated 8:34 AM EDT
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An elderly woman's mouth and eyes were duct taped, as an intrucor ransacked her home in Lindenwold, NJ, Friday. NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn talked to neighbors who said they felt uneasy Friday night, as police hunt for the culprit.

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An elderly woman's mouth and eyes were duct taped, as an intrucor ransacked her home in Lindenwold, NJ, Friday. NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn talked to neighbors who said they felt uneasy Friday night, as police hunt for the culprit.

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An elderly Camden County woman, who had her face duct taped over during a home invasion, was able to signal for help using a flashlight.

An intruder broke into the 93-year-old woman's home along the unit block of Fairmount Avenue in Lindenwold, N.J. between 2 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. Friday morning, according to the Camden County Prosecutors Office.

Once inside, the man duct taped her eyes shut and also taped over her mouth. Prosecutors say he then cut the home's phone line and barricaded the hallway so she couldn't escape. The man then pillaged the home, stealing cash and a bank book.

After the man fled, prosecutors say the woman was able to pull the tape off of her eyes and find a flashlight. She placed the light in the window and turned on its strobe setting.

A neighbor saw the light several hours later, around 7:30 a.m., and called police.

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The woman was taken to Virtua Hospital in Berlin, N.J. with minor injuries.

Officials are asking anyone with information to call prosecutors at 856.225.8585 or Lindenwold Police at 856.784.7566.

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