Tyran McElrath, 18, of Washington,D.C., arrested and charged in the assault, robbery of 81-Year-Old Woman

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- A suspect in the assault and robbery of an  81-year-old woman has been arrested, according to police.

Tyran McElrath, 18, of Southeast D.C., was arrested and charged with burglary.

The incident took place in broad daylight, right around noon. Police say a man broke into a rear window at a well-kept home in the 3500 block of McKinley Street in Northwest Washington.

According to police, when the masked suspect came upon the home's 81-year-old owner, he assaulted her, stole something from the house and took off.

Joe Berman lives just a few doors away. He said for the most part, that it's a good neighborhood, but there has been a rash of robberies recently.

"We have a lot of burglaries, don't have many assaults, but they've been picking up a little bit over the past few years," Berman said.

The 81 year-old victim is expected to recover.




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