Suspect On The Loose After Sexually Assaulting 71-Year-Old

A man broke into the home of a 71-year-old woman and then sexually assaulted her.

It happened at a home on East Boulder near Platte and Circle in Colorado Springs.

"It's disgusting,” said neighbor Jacques Sears.

It’s a crime that moved neighbor Sears to tears.

"It makes me very uneasy and it makes me really unhappy that this happened two houses down from me,” said Sears. “It’s terrible. You really have to be a sick individual to do something like that. It just really makes me mad.”

Police say the 71-year-old woman was watching TV when she saw someone looking through her bedroom window just after 10 p.m. Thursday.

The woman, who lives alone, grabbed her gun and went into the hallway. But the man attacked too quickly. He busted the door open, knocked the gun out of her hand, and threw her to the ground before she could fire her weapon. Then he sexually assaulted her.

It's horrible, horrifying, scary,” said Andrea Smith who lives nearby.

While neighbors don’t call their neighborhood safe, they never expected a crime like this.

They are on high alert knowing the suspect is still on the loose, and armed with the victim’s gun.

"Having a 15-year-old daughter, it makes me really scared. I don't want her out walking ever, anywhere by herself,” said Smith.

The suspect also took the victim’s gun and robbed her of her wallet and cash.

Neighbors think they may know the suspect. They believe he’s a homeless man they’ve spotted in their neighborhood before.

According to police, the man told the victim before he left that he was homeless, and stole a double-sized comforter from her sofa. The blanket is dark blue on one side, and light blue on the other. Evidence police hope will help them catch him.

Police commended the 71-year-old woman for coming forward so they can help find the suspect.

"It is heart-wrenching for us and devastating for her, so we are doing everything in our power. And now we are asking the community to help us so we can find this suspect," said CSPD Spokeswoman Barbara Miller.

Police are calling the suspect extremely dangerous and violent, and say he is armed with the victim’s gun.

He’s described as a black man about 6 feet tall, with a medium build. He’s about 25 years old with short hair. He was last seen wearing tan Carhartt style work overalls and tan work boots.

If you have any information about this crime or the suspect you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP (7867). Remember you can remain anonymous.