JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating an unsettling robbery in which an elderly woman and her daughter were tied up inside the woman's home.
According to JSO, a robbery was reported in the 1400 area of Alecia Drive near Lenox Avenue and 103rd Street on Jan. 30. On Friday, police released a sketch of a man suspected in the robbery.
According to the police report, a woman walked inside her 83-year-old mother's house and was surprised by an intruder in the home.
The report said the man tied up both women and even threatened to pour bleach in their eyes if they didn't cooperate. The man demanded a PIN number from one of the women and made off with a purse. Checkbooks from VyStar and Wells Fargo were inside. Neither woman was injured.
During the incident, a white Ford vehicle was observed parked in the road outside the residence with the hood up, police said.
Police gave a detailed description of the intruder, they even describe him as being "very polite." But what he did has several neighbors concerned.
Ashley Bryant and her family moved to Alecia Drive last November.
Two weeks ago, she was surprised to see the crime scene tape at her neighbor's home. She was also surprised the media wasn't notified about a man getting in and tying up her neighbors.
"That's the first thing I said was, why isn't the news out here. I want this covered so we can get somebody out-- a sketch or something to catch these people," said Bryant.
The suspect is described as a black man, 30 to 35 years old, 5 feet, 8 inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing 230 to 240 pounds and neatly groomed.
This is the third case of a robbery ending with women being tied up within the past three months. Despite some similarities, police aren't saying if the cases are connected. News4Jax crime and safety expert Gil Smith agreed.
"I don't think they're related in any way. I think they're just two incidents where someone just happened to have been tied up."
Smith gave important advice on how people can protect themselves.
- If someone comes to the door and you aren't expecting anyone, don't answer.
- You can also install a peephole to double check who is at the door.
- If someone says they need help, simply call the police and let them know help is on the way.
Anyone with information on the identity of the man in the sketch is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward of up to $3,000, contact Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.