Elderly woman takes on burglar

HARTFORD, Conn. - An elderly Connecticut woman interrupted a man as he robbed her home.

"I'm mad, I'm very angry that he did something like that," said 83-year-old Estelle Samek.

She may be a burglary victim, but Samek is neither weary nor scared. She stumbled on a man rifling through her New Britain Avenue home and didn't back down.

"There was this man standing there with his hands in my husband's dresser drawer, so I looked at him and I said, 'Who the hell are you?' And I turned around and ran and he ran behind me and he tackled me on the stairs and he slammed me into the table and then into the wall and he took off," said Samek.

He got away with jewelry and cash she said. Police chased him through the neighborhood with dogs, stopping to ask Lisa Kim and other wide-eyed neighbors if they'd seen him.

"I said, ok guys, let's go inside, look the doors, close the garage," said Kim.

Officers eventually caught up with the accused burglar, now identified as 29-year-old Luis Ortiz, in Newington.

"It was one of those situations where he'd pop up, we'd find him or whatever so a lot of ground was covered by this guy, and our officers in this chase," said Lt. Stephen Estie.

The violent break-in and the chase dominated the evening gossip in West Hartford.

"Shocked! I actually I text her and asked her if she was home and I said I just heard on the news that there was a burglary," said neighbor Emilia Pereira.

"We all started talking around the neighborhood, just keeping an eye on things," said Kim.

Meanwhile Samek says she's feeling a little sore, but proud that the officers cornered her alleged attacker. He's charged with home invasion, burglary, robbery, larceny, assault, criminal mischief, and interfering with an officer.

Reporter: "Would you like to say anything to him now?"

Samek: "No. No. Because I don't think you could print it. Haha!"


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