EXCLUSIVE: Daly City woman, 70, suffocated, robbed of savings by suspect in utility uniform


DALY CITY, Calif. (KGO) — A young woman speaks out after her 70-year-old grandmother was strangled, beaten and all her life savings stolen in a home burglary in Daly City. One of the three suspects can be seen on surveillance video, disguised as a utility worker.

You can see the elderly person watering plants on the front porch of his house. She enters and suddenly a man approaches.

“A man in a construction vest, hard hat and laptop,” Skylar explains, “He went from the car to the front door and rang the doorbell. He was wearing a mask ski boots and wore gloves with skeletons printed on them. . He was also carrying a computer.”

Skylar, the woman’s granddaughter, requested that we only use her first name for privacy reasons.

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“My grandmother is a very smart woman, she didn’t let him in.”

Skylar says that at the same time, unbeknownst to Grandma, two other people somehow entered her garden. When Grandma tried to run past the house, the man in a utility worker’s uniform broke in.

You can hear Grandma’s screams as the suspects dragged Grandma’s Chihuahua, then choked and beat her.

Her house was ransacked and she says all her savings were stolen.

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Skylar says the event was traumatic for her entire family, but she wanted to speak out to raise awareness about this type of crime. Especially for older Asian Americans.

“I really want the violence towards our community to stop.” She hopes sharing what happened will prevent another elder from becoming a victim.

Additional video from a family member’s dash cam shows the three suspects exiting with armfuls of stolen goods. Daly City Police tell me the investigation is ongoing and say yes there have been instances where suspects have dressed up as utility workers in the past.

Skylar has started a GoFundMe to help with her grandmother’s recovery. To make a donation, go here.

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