A home invader pushed his way into the Toms River home that was shared by a 72-year-old woman and her 102-year-old mother Monday night, robbing both, police said.
Both women were at home just after 8:30 p.m. when the doorbell rang, said police spokesman Ralph Stocco.
“The younger woman answered the door and was immediately pushed inside of the home by a male in his 30s,” said Stocco.
The man grabbed control of her arms and dragged her toward the interior of the home, and towards the 102-year-old woman. The mother then tried to activate a lifeline pendant that was around her neck, however the suspect pushed her to the floor and yanked it away before she could push the button, Stocco said.
The suspect repeatedly demanded cash and the victims complied with his orders, said Stocco. Once he received the money, he fled the house and ran south on Dock Street.
Police described the man as wearing a black knit hat, jeans, and a waist length coat. He had a thin build and appeared to be approximately 5-foot-8 in height. No racial description was provided.
The Ocean County Sheriff’s Office CSI Unit responded and is assisting with the investigation, Stocco said. Anyone with information is being asked to contact Detective Lou Santora at 732-349-0150, extension 1276.