Man Accused of Attacking 85-Year-Old Woman at Senior Complex

Monday, Sep 9, 2013  |  Updated 7:03 PM EDT
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Man Accused of Attacking 85-Year-Old Woman at Senior Complex

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Police said a woman in her 80s was attacked at a senior housing complex in Danbury.

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A Danbury man is behind bars, charged with breaking into an 85-year-old woman’s apartment and attacking her early Saturday morning.

The alleged assault happened at a senior housing complex on West Wooster Street in Danbury. For those who have relatives at Wooster Manor, the news came as a shock and an outrage.

“Right now I’m afraid for my mom because she lives here,” John Totten, of Danbury, said.

Police identified the suspect as Donny Jackson, 26, of Danbury. Officers said he broke into the apartment and beat the woman so hard she suffered several injuries including a broken hip.

“I could sit here and cry about it. I know the lady and I know her whole family,” Carol Roos, of Danbury, said.

When neighbors tried to intervene during the alleged attack, police said Jackson pulled out a gun and then took off.

Officers soon caught up with him, and the Danbury man went before a judge Monday morning.

He faces several charges including burglary, assault of an elderly person and criminal mischief.

Police said Jackson also has several outstanding warrants in other states. He was held on $1 million bond.

It is still unclear how he got into the building.

The Housing Authority at Wooster Manor did not return calls from NBC Connecticut.

Residents say they did hold a meeting about new security procedures after the incident.

The victim’s daughter showed up to Jackson’s arraignment. She said her mother is still in the hospital, but expected to be okay.

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