An Abbotsford senior was strong-armed in her own home by a robber who knocked on the door and demanded cash on Tuesday morning.
The 68-year-old woman opened the door of her residence in the 3000 block of Curlew Drive and was confronted by a strange man in gloves who began badgering her in English and Punjabi, said Const. Ian MacDonald. The suspect entered the home uninvited and remained there until the woman provided the money she had available, said MacDonald.
The suspect fled the scene on foot and the senior called her son who then informed police around 11 a.m.
The elderly victim and her son were badly shaken by the incident, said MacDonald.
"The disposition of the suspect right out of the gate was kind of menacing," he said.
"This stranger came to the door in broad daylight and essentially robbed and attacked her."
The woman suffered minor injuries to her arm and received treatment on scene. It's too early to say if the robber targeted the house knowing a senior was inside, or whether the attack was random, said MacDonald.
Police haven't had other reports of seniors being robbed at their doorsteps.
The suspect is described as a South Asian man, six feet tall with a goatee.
He was wearing a baseball cap, a green shirt, blue jeans and black gloves.
The APD is working to come up with a composite sketch of the man.
Anyone with information should call the APD at 604859-5225 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.