‘I Was Scared to Death': 90-Year-Old Blind Woman Battered, Robbed During Attack at Her Home

A 90-year-old blind woman was dragged from her home, battered and robbed in an attack in northwest Indiana last week, according to authorities. 

Gary Police said Monday they were searching for a suspect who robbed Beatrice Patterson at her home around 9:25 a.m. Aug. 20 in the 700 block of Hovey Street.

“I never had that happen, I was scared to death,” Patterson told NBC Chicago.

Patterson has lived in her neighborhood with no problems for the last seven years, she said. But that all changed that Saturday, when her grandson went outside to smoke a cigarette and someone ran inside her home and attacked her.

“I was screaming, yes, I was begging, ‘Somebody help me,’” Patterson said.

The man dragged Patterson outside and repeatedly asked her where she kept her money, she told authorities.

Neighbors saw the scene and rushed out but the man fled.

“They saved my life,” Patterson said. “They may not know it and may not know it all the time but they really did.”

Patterson, who is partially blind, suffered scratches on her arm and knee.

She said she hopes police find the man soon, and when they do, she has a message for her attacker.

“God bless you, because you are going to get what is coming to you,” she said.

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