YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A call from a concerned neighbor helped police rescue an elderly Youngstown woman who was locked in her bedroom for 24 hours by a man who broke in and demanded money.
Police said they found Margaret Paul, 89, in bed at her Maryland Avenue home Tuesday afternoon. Officers went to the home after a neighbor called and asked them to check on her.
When they arrived, police found the inside door wide open and it appeared to be kicked in. There was broken glass all over the porch area, according to a police report.
Officers went inside and yelled for anyone who was in the house to come out. They checked the basement and did not find anyone, but while checking the bedrooms, officers found a bedroom door tied with a cord and closed with duct tape.
Officers again yelled for anyone inside to yell and they heard the woman, later identified as Paul, shouting. She told police a man she didn’t know was in her home late Sunday night saying he needed money and asking her “where’s the money?,” according to the report.
Paul told police she did not see what the man looked like, but he had a scruffy voice and was wearing a hoodie. She told the burglar she had no money, but there was a little bit in the kitchen.
Police said it appeared the house was ransacked.
Several neighbors told police they check on Paul daily because of her age. One of them said she thought she saw the silhouette of a person in the breezeway of Paul’s house around midnight on Sunday, but she did not call police because she was not sure of what she saw, the report states.
Another neighbor said she never saw anyone around the home, but her dog was “barking like crazy” Sunday night and she looked outside but did not see anything.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Youngstown police at 330-747-7911 or Crimestoppers at 330-746-CLUE (2583).