Rye Police continue to investigate the .
A 72 year-old woman was startled inside her apartment by a strange man armed with a knife. The man fled leaving his victim battered as well as his weapon and a bag containing an object police initially feared was an explosive device.
According to a report in the Journal News, the woman is a retired dentist who received a significant inheritance after her husband's death and has been involved in a number of legal cases over the years. The woman declined Patch's requests for an interview but did speak with reporters from the Journal News telling them, “I have a feeling that I have no enemies.”
Police Commissioner Connors told Patch last week that it was too soon to speculate whether the attack was targeted, but did acknowledge there were no signs of forced entry to the resident's apartment. Management at the Osborn said the door of the basement garage where the suspect was spotted is typically locked.
Security staff at the Osborn first detected the intruder on their cameras and called in Rye Police when they were unable to locate the man. The victim reported her assault after the suspect left her apartment. According to the police report, three officers were already on the grounds of the retirement community when her report came in, but officers were also unable to locate the man. Eventually Westchester County Police dispatched a bloodhound team to try and track the man's whereabouts.
Commissioner Connors said the police await the result of laboratory analysis on evidence collected at the crime scene.