Police: Three elderly women targeted because of faith during home invasion in Lancaster County
Three elderly Mennonite women are hospitalized after a man brutally attacked them during home invasion and robbery in Lancaster County on Friday morning. Police say the women, ranging in ages from 84 to 90, were targeted because of their faith.
It happened sometime between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. along the 300 block of Indiantown Road in Clay Township.
Investigators say that the suspect, who has previous ties to the Mennonite faith, posed as an insurance salesman to get into the home and proceeded to attack two women.
The suspect used a “stun gun” to repeatedly shock the victims while he bound their feet and hands with tape, police said. Throughout the ordeal, the man read passages from the bible and expressed rage at members of the Mennonite faith, police said.
While this was going on, another elderly woman came to the door and was subsequently attacked and restrained in the same manner as the other victims.
During the assault, the suspect ransacked the home and poured household chemicals over the floor, furniture and walls, police said.
He got away with cash and other valuable items.
About four hours after the suspect fled the scene the victims were discovered by a relative.
The suspect is described as a white male between 30-40 years of age. He is 5’10” with short brown hair and a medium build. He was last seen wearing a blue suite and a yellow tie.
Police believe the suspect has anger directed towards the Mennonite faith and members of the religion.
Investigators have been in contact with local Mennonite leaders regarding the attack.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 717-733-0965 or via www.nlcrpd.org
All three women remain hospitalized.