Elderly woman battered in Wesley Chapel armed home invasion robbery

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. (WFLA) – An elderly victim was battered during a home invasion robbery on Wednesday.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office said the robbery happened just after 1 p.m. at a home on Magnolia Boulevard.

According to detectives, a man entered the home with a firearm and stole several firearms from the home.

The elderly woman was battered, but received non-life threatening injuries.

The woman’s husband was running errands at the time and she was alone when the man broke into the house.

The suspect is described as a black man of medium height and build, wearing shorts, a polo shirt and a black backpack.

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

Nicole Chalecki and her guard dog Helius took their nightly walk just a few doors down from the crime scene.

Chalecki told News Channel 8 she wishes she would have been home early, knowing her German Shepherd would have scared off the criminal.

“I was contacted by family and friends and I couldn’t wait to get home to see what was going on, to make sure all my neighbors were safe,” she said.

The crime has left the neighborhood on edge. Chalecki and other neighbors say this sort of thing never happens here. Those who live nearby feel awful that their kind, elderly neighbor is left suffering and terrified.

“Anytime, I’m sure, there’s a knock on her door, it’s going to scare her a little bit,” said Chalecki. “I just hope everyone gives her her privacy at this time.”

Anyone with information should contact 1-800-80-2488.

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