SAN JOSE -- Police released a sketch Monday, seeking the public's help in identifying a burglar who savagely beat a 74-year-old East San Jose woman after she and her daughter caught him breaking into their car last week.
Along with the sketch, investigators released new details about the attack that occurred just before 2 a.m. Friday in the 400 block of Mahoney Drive, when the victim and her 43-year-old daughter heard noises in their driveway and discovered a man burglarizing their car, police said.
The mother yelled at the man to stop, and the man responded by entering her home through a front window and repeatedly punching her in the face, police said. The two women ran from the house, but the assailant, now joined by a second man, chased them.
The first man ran after the older woman and assaulted her a second time, but she broke free momentarily before he caught up and struck her again, this time holding a gun to her neck and threatening to kill her, police said.
Her daughter made it to a neighbor's house and called police. With the victim's house unattended, the attacker and his accomplice went in and ransacked the home, taking several items before running away.
The 74-year-old victim was taken to the hospital with a broken nose, scrapes and bruising to her face and arms, and two black eyes. Her attacker was described as a Latino man about 6 feet tall with a thin build and light complexion, wearing dark clothing.
Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002. Follow him at Twitter.com/robertsalonga.