Intruder hid 18 hours in basement before attack on 75-year-old Lethbridge woman – Calgary Sun

Intruder hid 18 hours in basement before attack on 75-year-old Lethbridge woman - Calgary Sun
Alberta senior viciously assaulted by stranger who broke into her home: police
An Ontario man is facing charges after a 75-year-old woman was badly beaten in her southern Alberta home on Wednesday.

Lethbridge police attended a home in the 3000 block of Fairway Street South at around 7 p.m., after neighbours reported hearing screaming and seeing a senior struggle with a man in her garage.

"Especially with all the older people in here. You know we have neighbourhood watch and always look out for each other," said Doreen Varzari. "Its really scary especially since that it happened at 9:30 at night when its still daylight out."

In a Friday news release, the Lethbridge Police Service (LPS) said officers arrived to find the victim had been viciously assaulted. She was rushed to hospital with multiple broken bones in her nose and head injuries.

Man hides for 18 hours inside Lethbridge womans home: police

Investigators allege the suspect broke into the victims home in the early morning hours while she was sleeping upstairs and spent the night in a basement bedroom.

Residents who live near where a terrifying home invasion took place are shocked after one of their neighbours was allegedly attacked by an assailant who hid in the basement of the victims home for 18 hours.

Over the course of 18 hours the male remained in the womans home while she went about her business unaware of his presence, a news release from LPS stated.

In their investigation, police learned a male broke into the womans home sometime in the early morning hours of May 21 and stayed the night in a downstairs bedroom while the woman was asleep upstairs.

While the woman was watching television she heard a noise and when she went to check on it, she was confronted by a masked male.

"We still feel that the city is quite safe. Our members work vigilantly to attend calls for service and were pleased we were actually able to apprehend this individual in such a short time."

Police allege the suspect punched the victim in the face, knocking her to the ground, and then dragged her to the garage and struck her multiple times in the head with a bicycle before leaving in her vehicle.

A suspect was later arrested by police in the area of 9 Avenue and 7 Street South after being spotted in a vehicle with a licence plate that matched the victims.

Officials say the man then punched her several times in the face, knocked her down and dragged her into the garage where he continued to beat the victim, this time with a bicycle.

Adam Hall Hobkirk-Onate, 21, of Ottawa, is charged with assault causing bodily harm, housebreaking and commit robbery and disguise with intent.

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Adam Hall Hobkirk-Onate, 21, of no fixed address in Ottawa, has been charged with assault causing bodily harm, housebreaking and commit robbery and disguise with intent.

A 75-year-old woman is recovering from multiple broken bones after she was attacked by a masked intruder in her Lethbridge home on Wednesday, police say.

Police and paramedics were called to a home in the 3000 block of Fairway Street S. for reports of a fight between an elderly woman and a man at about 7 p.m. on May 22.

Officers responded to a house in the 3000 block of Fairway Street South on May 22 after neighbours called 911. They reported hearing screams and seeing an elderly woman being attacked in her garage, police said in a release.

It's believed the culprit broke into the woman's home early in the morning on May 21 and spent the night in a basement bedroom while she was sleeping upstairs.

Shortly before the attack occurred on May 22, the woman heard a noise, went to investigate and discovered the suspect, who was wearing a mask.

The following evening, the woman was watching TV when she heard a noise and went to investigate, police say.

Many residents who live in the housing development say the news of one of their neighbours being hurt is "frightening."

The intruder, who was wearing a mask, punched the woman several times and then dragged her to her garage, where he hit her over the head multiple times with a bicycle.

He was later caught by another police officer who was investigating an unrelated matter and spotted the stolen vehicle.

Adam Hall Hobkirk-Onate, 21, of no fixed address in Ottawa, was arrested and charged with assault causing bodily harm, housebreaking and robbery, and disguise with intent.

He is expected to appear in court on May 27. Authorities say he is unknown to the victim and has no ties to Lethbridge.

The woman was treated at Chinook Regional Hospital for multiple broken bones in her nose and other head injuries and is now being cared for by her family.

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