TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Residents along Mulberry Street in north Toledo are on edge.
Two weeks ago, an elderly woman was found murdered and her husband brutally beaten.
Then Saturday night on Mulberry near Pearl, just a block up from the murder scene, another elderly woman was attacked in her home.
She's OK, but neighbors are still questioning why it happened.
"This has always been the Old Polish village. Lots of elderly people," says Laura Grace, a Mulberry Street resident. "It's a shame people going around hurting elderly."
The burglar broke in through a basement window.
He belted the woman who lived here in the face, grabbed her car keys, and attempted to steal her car.
The alarm went off and the guy split from the scene before investigators arrived.
"I blame it on unemployment, layoffs, recession," says Kim Smith, another resident of the area. "People have to be so desperate to break into an elderly woman's home."
Others continue to blame the violence on the 75 Toledo Police officers recently pink-slipped.
John Edwards says the city should "do whatever can be done to avoid the layoffs that have been scheduled and taken place. Everybody is concerned. Nobody can handle an answer."
Donna Walsh says, "Personally, I think the police cuts. That was crazy. Look what's happening."
Toledo Police recommend no matter what part of town you live in, keep your doors and windows locked and your porch light on. Also, keep an eye out for your neighbors--especially the elderly.
The Mulberry Street burglar is described as:
- Black male with light complexion
- White T-shirt
- Dark hoodie
Call police if you have any information or Crimestopper (419) 255-1111.