by: Kathryn Burcham Updated:CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
An 81-year-old woman has been hospitalized after police said a man kicked in her front door and held her at knifepoint.
Beatrice Pagan has been recovering at Carolinas Medical Center University since the home invasion at her north Charlotte apartment Thursday afternoon.
In a phone interview, Pagan told Channel 9 the man burst into her apartment and told her he would kill her if she didn't cooperate.
Pagan said the man then tore her phone out of the wall, and tied her up on her bed with her own pantyhose, demanding money.
But Pagan said she began talking to the suspect, pleading with him to let her go, and he eventually left her home, taking only her car keys but leaving her car in the parking lot.
"I was driving up as it happened, so I was pulling up, saw the ambulances coming down," said neighbor Tashara Townsend.
Neighbors were shocked by the attack on Pagan, and worried the suspect might return.
"I knew I lived in a tough neighborhood but I didn't think anything would actually happen I guess. It makes me want to get locks on our doors," Townsend said.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.