CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- A 79-year-old woman was knocked unconscious in broad daylight Monday during a burglary in Chula Vista, police said.
Emergency operators received a call from the victim saying she was attacked before 10 a.m. at her home in the 200 block of L Street.
The elderly victim told police she found an unknown man in her home. She said he threw her to the ground and she temporarily lost consciousness, said Sgt. Mark Ratchford with Chula Vista police. The man had fled from the home by the time police arrived.
The victim was transported to a local hospital for an evaluation. The woman's daughter told FOX 5 that she suffered serious head trauma in the attack.
Police have not released any information on the suspect.
“It’s possibly a burglary. At this point, we don’t know much more than what she’s told us, and that’s very limited information, so that’s all we have at this point,” said Sgt. Ratchford.
One neighbor, 20-year-old Laiza Lopez, said the crime has shaken her sense of security.
“I heard it. I didn’t believe it and I had to come home and see it myself,” said Lopez. “We've lived here a long time. Very quiet, peaceful other than the fact that there are car accidents. But robberies is something I’ve not heard or experienced."
She said she’s worried that the suspect is still on the loose and despite the fact that they’ve never had an issue with major crime on L Street, she and her family will be doing things differently from now on.
“We’re just going to lock our doors. We usually keep our doors open -- like our neighbors just come whenever because we all trust each other. But now I feel like we gotta lock our doors,” said Lopez.