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An elderly East San Diego woman was brutally beaten in her home during a robbery Thursday morning, police said.

Lucille Mae Hankins, 74, of the 4000 block of 46th Street was in stable condition with serious facial injuries at Balboa Naval Hospital, said police spokesman Bill Robinson.

Hankins briefly left her home about 9:30 a.m. to empty trash and when she returned a man was standing inside her fenced-off yard, Robinson said.

“She had failed to lock her door,” Robinson said. “The man confronted her and put her in a choke hold. He then dragged her into her house.”

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The man threw Hankins to the floor and hit her in the face several times, Robinson said. The robber then ransacked the house and fled with two white plastic bags. Police weren’t certain what was in the bags.

The robber was described as a muscular black man, 21 to 30 years old, 5-foot-8, 175 pounds, with a goatee and long sideburns. He was wearing a white T-shirt and tan pants. Police were looking for help in finding the man and asked for anyone with information to call 495-7980.


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