Elderly woman 'absolutely traumatised' after Manurewa home invasion

An elderly woman has been left "absolutely traumatised" after a violent home invasion in Manurewa, south Auckland.

The 84-year-old woman was attacked on October 12 when she answered the door to two men at 10:15pm.

Both men barged into her home and grabbed her handbag.

She tried to take it back from one of the offenders, but he shoved her so hard she fell backwards and banged her head.

She was unable to stand up after the attack and had to crawl through her home to find her phone and call for help.

Later that evening a man used her cards to clean out her bank accounts at an ATM in Clendon. Detective Inspector Colin Higson is now asking the public for help finding the man.

"This was an absolutely appalling crime, and I am sure our community will be equally as shocked as we are by the absolute disregard these offenders had for this innocent elderly woman," he said.

She should feel safe in her own home, but was clearly targeted by these thugs who preyed on her vulnerability."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant David Honiss on 021 191 0546 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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