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Masked men confront elderly woman in home invasion

An elderly woman was confronted by three masked men during a home invasion last night.

Police were called after residents heard screams from a home on Queen Street in St George at about 9pm.

The scene of the attempted home invasion at St George. (Photograph Jonathan Bell)

Officers were informed three men – masked and dressed in black – had confronted an elderly woman at the home, demanding valuables.

A police spokesman said residents came to the woman’s assistance.

The spokesman said: “Police responded to reports of disturbance at a residence on Queen Street in St George.

“Upon arrival officers were informed an elderly female, who was home alone, was confronted by three males dressed in black and wearing face masks.

“The suspects reportedly forced their way inside the premises and demanded cash and valuables.

“Upon hearing the commotion, neighbours came to the assistance of the elderly female.”

This morning the Minister of National Security, Renee Ming, expressed her “shock and outrage” over the incident.

She said: “As this investigation gets under way, I am urging anyone living in the area, who may know anything about this incident, to please contact the Bermuda Police Service.

“This was an outrageous act committed against one of the vulnerable members of our population and we must see those responsible brought to justice. Our focus at this time is on the family and friends of the victim.”

The suspects escaped east along nearby Chapel Lane. It is believed they left the area in a waiting car.

Two of the suspects, one of whom wore white gloves, are described as slim built and approximately 6ft.

The third suspect was said to be medium built and approximately 5ft 5ins.

The victim was transported via ambulance to the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital after she complained of pain to he upper body.

The suspects fled the scene empty-handed.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Chief Inspector, Sherwin Joseph, on 295-0011 or 211. People can also call 800-8477 the independent and confidential Crime Stoppers number.