NILES, Ohio (WKBN) – An elderly woman is dead after a reported home invasion in Niles Thursday night, and police said the two men that broke in appear to have knowledge of the home’s layout.
Police have identified the victim as 74-year-old Arlene Frasca. Niles Police Capt. John Marshall said investigators believe the crime was not a random act.
Police were called about 10:30 p.m. to a house on Hiram Street and found the woman dead inside the home.
Angelo Frasca, the husband of the victim who was home at the time of the invasion, told neighbors the men attacked his wife. The woman died as a result.
The suspects stole some items from the home and took off, he said. He told a 911 dispatcher the men had guns.
Capt. Marshall said police are “extremely confident” that an arrest will be made soon. He said the perpetrators appeared to be looking for something particular in the home, although he would not specify what they sought.
“We are confident that the suspects at least were familiar with the home or some aspects of the home,” he said.
Weathersfield police assisted Niles officers by bringing in their K-9s to track the perpetrators, but they couldn’t locate them.
“This area is very quiet. This is very unusual for any kind of activity like this to take place here,” said Niles Police Lt. Daniel Adkins, Jr.
Neighbor Darryl White is shocked and saddened at the brutality of the crime.
“I can’t even imagine spending your last evening watching TV and then something like that happening,” White said.
Darla Giancola lives right next door to the Frascas. She was inside her house when the home invasion occurred.
“I don’t understand why somebody would do this to them, and I’m just devastated over it,” she said.
She added that she did see or hear anything at the time of the reported crime.
“Whoever did this, I hope they find ’em, because this couple, loving family, did not deserve this,” she said.
Friday, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation used a 3-D camera to help recreate the crime scene. The new technology will record a 360 degree image that officers say will help speed up the investigation.