Authorities are searching for one suspect in connection to a stabbing incident in a local apartment complex near Timbergrove last week.
In what appeared to be a home invasion, Houston police say a 71-year-old woman was stabbed multiple times while taking a shower in her apartment at the Brittany Place apartment complex off West 18th Street.
She was taken to the hospital, where police say she is in stable condition.
Houston Police Department Investigator Norman Wallace says a maintenance worker was servicing some lights near the woman’s apartment when he noticed some unusual elements around the door. Upon further inspection, that’s when apartment personnel discovered the woman in need.
Due to the preliminary investigation, Wallace said investigators have been unable to determine whether any items were taken from the apartment. However, he said all indicators point to forced entry through the apartment’s sliding glass window, which was damaged in the attack.
Wallace said HPD was notified of the incident around 11 a.m. Friday, but noted it remains possible that the incident occurred the previous night. He added that the suspect is Hispanic, but no other description is available at this time.
“In essence, I don’t believe the public [in general] should be alarmed just yet. At the moment, looking at the circumstances, it’s possible she could have been targeted – but we don’t know that for sure,” Wallace said. “This is one of the worst things you can do to anybody, but in particular an elderly person who can’t defend themselves. That’s a pretty dangerous person.”
At this stage, Wallace said it is unknown whether the suspect had previously been watching the apartment prior to the attack. He said investigators have been unable to speak with nearby neighbors as of yet, but still advised extreme caution, even in the most seemingly benign of circumstances.
“We live in a dangerous world, and one thing we know about criminals is that they’re opportunists. An elderly woman is an easier target than a younger person, so you just never know,” he said. “If you see something out of the ordinary, call the police. Be aware of your surroundings.