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Elderly woman beaten in home invasion

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West Memphis police say the 81-year-old woman was attacked shortly after 9 p.m. Monday night by two masked men at her home in the 1900 block of McAuley Drive. West Memphis police say the 81-year-old woman was attacked shortly after 9 p.m. Monday night by two masked men at her home in the 1900 block of McAuley Drive.
WEST MEMPHIS, AR -

(WMC-TV) - Police in West Memphis, Ark. are working a home invasion case in which an 81-year-old woman was attacked and beaten.

The West Memphis police chief calls it a "cowardly act committed by two of the lowest type of individuals he could imagine."

According to friends, the woman had to be rushed to Regional One Health after suffering a broken nose, broken ribs, and bleeding on her brain. She is in serious condition.

West Memphis police say the 81-year-old woman was attacked shortly after 9 p.m. Monday night by two masked men at her home in the 1900 block of McAuley Drive.

"She's a great person. It's just senseless," said Darla Thomas, who lives in West Memphis. "They just broke in and beat her up. Just beat her."

Neighbors say the victim is always cleaning up litter, doing yard work, and even mowing the vacant lot two doors down.

"Such a sweet old lady," added Thomas. "She's always been good to everybody. I, the neighborhood, everybody."

Though distraught about the attack, neighbors say they are not necessarily worried about their own safety. They just hope the two men never get the chance to strike again.

"Everybody's out to get who did this to her. Believe me, we all want to see justice," said Thomas.

In a statement sent from West Memphis Police Chief Donald Oakes, he said:

"This was a cowardly act committed by a couple of the lowest type of individuals I could ever imagine. They intimidated and brutalized an elderly member of our community without care or compassion. Their actions have scared a portion of our community and we will simply not tolerate it. We will identify and apprehend them as quickly and safely as possible and they will answer for their crimes in a court of law."

West Memphis Police Department is actively working the case.

"We are working very diligently to resolved this matter as soon as possible," added Captain Ken Mitchell in a written statement. "The victim is doing better today and for that we are grateful. She is a strong woman with a strong faith with many loving family and friends. I believe in this community and that they will assist us in locating the persons responsible for these crimes."

If you have any information to help solve this crime, you are asked to call Crittenden County Crime Stoppers at 870-732-4444.

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