Woman, 81, fires handgun at masked man who broke into her home.

September 7, 2022

Woman, 81, fires handgun at masked man who broke into her home.

Suspect disarms woman; assaults elderly husband; flees in their car; and remains on the loose.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

GOLDEN TOWNSHIP — An 81-year-old woman fired a round at a masked man armed with a weapon — possibly a crowbar — who broke into her and her 84-year-old husband’s home in the middle of the night Wednesday, Sept. 7, but the suspect fled after stealing the couple’s car. 

The 2015 Jeep Cherokee that he stole from the couple has since been recovered, but the suspect remains at large, said Oceana County Sheriff Craig Mast.

The armed robbery occurred around 1:30 a.m. in the 5000 block of West Fox Road.

“The suspect broke into the residence and proceeded to assault and rob the homeowners, and the homeowner produced a firearm,” said Sheriff Mast, which was a handgun.

“He broke in with possibly a crow bar” by smashing a glass sliding door.

The woman fired a round at the suspect but missed, and the suspect disarmed her. 

“It sounds like a struggle ensued and the gentleman received some laceration type of injuries.” The elderly man received a cut to the front and to the back of his head and was bleeding.

The suspect then stole money and valuables from the couple and took off in their 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The Jeep was recovered at noon Wednesday in the City of Hart, said Mast.

After the suspect fled in their vehicle, the couple called 911. “Deputies came; detectives came; Life EMS came and transported the gentleman for treatment for his injuries. Deputies scoured the area, searching for any evidence, the suspect, the vehicles, etc.”

The suspect, who was wearing a ski mask, is described as a white man with a thin build and wearing dark clothing.

The elderly man was transported to an area hospital and is expected to recover from his injuries.

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