April 24, 2014

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Men who stormed Elyria home still at large

ELYRIA — Elyria police were continuing their search for the two men who attacked a 67-year-old woman Tuesday and invaded her home.

Pung Y Lam Ko was treated and released Tuesday from EMH Regional Medical Center in Elyria after complaining of chest and eye pains stemming from the afternoon attack on Hawthorne Street.

Elyria police Lt. Andy Eichenlaub said police learned Wednesday that Ko was sprayed as soon as she opened the door, and that she never saw her attackers.

“We’re hoping in the next day or two that we get some information on who (the attackers) might be,” Eichenlaub said.

Once Ko was sprayed, the attackers forced their way into the home and were attempting to bind her with duct tape when she was able to slip away and run to a nearby car dealership for help.

Ko lives at the home with her son and his family, which includes two young children, according to neighbor Diana Eglin. The family owns the Chinese restaurant China Wok, which is on Cleveland Street just around the corner from their home.

When contacted by phone Wednesday, a family member declined to comment.

Eichenlaub said nothing was taken from the home, and the motive behind the attack is still unknown.

The two men were seen driving away from the house in a maroon mini van, police said.

The first man was described as a 40-year-old man standing just over 6 feet tall with a stocky build. He had black hair and a black mustache and was well dressed in light-colored dress slacks, wearing a light-colored sweater and jacket.

The second man was described as a white man around 30 years old with short hair wearing blue jeans and a casual jacket.

Maria Newson, 49, lives down the block from Ko and said she doesn’t feel safe in the neighborhood following the attack.

“It’s got me scared,” she said. Newson said she has also had problems with prowlers over the past year and she thinks the same two men might have been involved.

Contact Stephen Szucs at 329-7129 or sszucs@chroniclet.com.