The granddaughter of an elderly Asian woman in Daly City, Calif., is speaking out after her grandmother was assaulted and robbed of her savings by three men posing as utility workers.
Surveillance footage at the 70-year-old woman’s home shows a man wearing a construction worker’s vest, hard hat and holding a laptop computer.
“He pretended to be someone from PG&E to try to trick my grandmother into letting him come to the house,” said Skylar, the victim’s grandson. NBC Bay Area.
Two other male accomplices went over a fence and into the backyard when the elderly woman opened the front door for the man, who posed as a utility worker.
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Skylar said her grandmother felt “trapped” and screamed for help as they brutally beat her and dragged her Chihuahua. The suspects ransacked the house and made off with the woman’s jewelery and her life savings. The trio were caught on a dash cam as they fled the scene.
Skylar said her grandmother is traumatized and was taken to the hospital after the incident.
“This incident took away her sense of safety and security,” Skylar said, adding that the suspects broke into two other homes in the neighborhood before attacking her grandmother.
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“They attacked her inside her own home where she thought she was safe. And that’s something I really want to emphasize because these men are cowards. They target the elderly,” she continued.
An investigation into the incident is underway, Daly City police said.
While Skylar was telling KRON4 that her grandmother is “the hardest working, she’s the most resilient, strongest person I know,” she believes she was targeted for being an older, Asian woman who was an easy person to target.
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A collection campaign has been made d GoFundMe for the recovery of Skylar’s grandmother, according to ABC News.
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