A 78-year-old Omaha woman is lucky to be alive after she was attacked by an intruder, her niece said.
The victim, Janet Jordan, is recovering at Creighton University Medical Center after she was beaten Tuesday with a club-like object in her home near 20th and Hascall Streets.
Omaha police on Wednesday announced an arrest warrant has been issued for a 16-year-old boy in connection with the assault. Police did not identify the teen.
Police say Jordan heard a noise at the front door about 12:30 a.m.
When she went to the door, a suspect with a blunt object kicked it open, said Officer Michael Pecha, a police spokesman.
The suspect began striking Jordan in the head with the object, said Jaci Turner, her niece.
“She pleaded for him to stop hitting her,” Turner said. “She thought she was going to die.”
Jordan has bruises on her face, neck and back, but didn't suffer any internal injuries, Turner said. She was able to call 911 after the assault happened.
The intruder left without taking any property, Pecha said.
Jordan told Turner that she is afraid to return home while police are still searching for her attacker. She plans to stay with a friend after she is released from the hospital, at least until the suspect is caught.
“She will feel safer knowing he is locked up,” she said.
Jordan told police that she knows who attacked her.
“I'm lucky my aunt is still here and that she's still alive,” Turner said.
Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call 402-444-STOP.