Police search for home invasion suspects who entered elderly, disabled woman's home in La Mesa

Josephine Dalton feared for her life

LA MESA, Calif. - Residents in a La Mesa neighborhood remain on high alert Friday after two men, one armed with a handgun, barged into the home of an elderly, disabled woman.

10News spoke with the woman who said she feared for life when the men showed up at her home located in Explorer Ridge Estates, an upscale area of La Mesa.

The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the 11000 block of Explorer Road.

10News talked with residents, including those on the Neighborhood Watch committee, who said they couldn't believe an elderly resident was held at gunpoint at her home in broad daylight.

That woman told 10News Reporter Preston Phillips she thought she was going to die.

“I thought you know, they could shoot me and walk away and no one would know,” said 85-year-old Josephine Dalton, who was home alone when there was a frantic knock at the door.

 “Two black young guys, I'm thinking they were 18 or 19 years old, neatly dressed, but casual, you know, like jeans and t-shirts,” said Dalton.

When she looked closely, she noticed one was holding a large black handgun.

“I thought at first it must be a play gun because he was holding it down and then when he lifted it up I knew it wasn't and thought uh oh I'm a goner,” said Dalton.

Then without even asking, one barged in.

“One guy actually walked into the house?” asked 10News reporter Preston Phillips.

“Yes he walked mid-way into the entry and that's when I said, 'You know my husband is in the office," and then he turned around and left,” said Dalton.

That statement may have kept Dalton from being hurt or her home from being ransacked.

Why the two men had a change of heart, no one knows.

“They left fast and I followed them and whatever vehicle they had was gone,” said Dalton

Anna Brunetto lives across the street and didn't have a clue why there was such a large law enforcement presence until we told her what had happened.

"One of the sheriff’s had like a shotgun and there was like the big dogs and stuff,” said Brunetto.

The San Diego Sheriff's department is still has not located the two men If they are found and arrested, both will be charged with home invasion burglary even though nothing was stolen.

“It was scary. I've never had anything like that happen in my life,” said Dalton.

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