LINCOLN PARK — Two men apparently were scared off Monday after allegedly trying to enter a house in the 1800 block of Champaign while posing as repairmen.
The 95-year-old resident said she answered her front door shortly before noon and was greeted by a man who said he was there to fix her water heater. He then allegedly pushed past her into the house and was joined by the other man.
The first man then allegedly grabbed her arm and tried to force her into the basement, and she began to scream. He then let go and ran out with the other man.
The resident then called a neighbor, who came over to her house and called police. The resident’s left forearm had been cut where the man allegedly grabbed her, police said.
The neighbor said she saw a white sport utility vehicle, possibly a Ford Explorer or Expedition, parked in a driveway. She also said she had never seen the vehicle in the neighborhood before.
A younger man wearing a baseball cap was sitting inside, she said. One suspect was described as white, 35 to 40 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and heavyset. The other was white, about 20 years old, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and thin.
— Tom Tigani