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Woman fends off burglars with walker

A disabled woman fended off two armed burglars with a walker Thursday, and now the hunt is on to put the two behind bars.

Escambia County Chief Deputy Mike Lambert said the victim, who was not identified, lives in a mobile home on U.S. Hwy. 29. The two masked men broke in the back door and demanded prescription pills, he said.

“We got a 911 call around 4 a.m. Thursday and the caller stated that someone had broken into her home,” Lambert said. “They had tried to come in the front door, but were unsuccessful. Then, they made entry through the back door.

“The 911 operator could hear the suspects in the background, when the victim called,” he said. “The caller described the suspects as two masked men wearing gloves. They were demanding prescription pills and she said she believed she saw a hand gun.”

Lambert said when deputies arrived at the home, the suspects had fled the area on foot. K-9 units from Fountain Prison were brought in and tracked the suspects to an area where it is believed the two got into a vehicle and left the scene.

“While inside the home, the victim and the suspects got into a ‘tussle,’ and she hit one of them with her walker,” he said. “Luckily, she didn’t require medical treatment after the incident. She was shook up and in shock understandably.”

Lambert said the men made away with the victim’s wallet, which contained cash and credit cards.

Anyone with information about the break in is asked to contact the ECSO.