Wichita woman assaulted during home burglary

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Wichita police search for two men who broke into a woman's home Wednesday night; tied her up and beat her.

The break-in and assault happened around 10:00 p.m in the 1400 block of South Waco.

Ruth Presley, 64, says she came home from work and remembers hearing dogs barking. Not thinking something might be wrong, she went inside her home and found two men inside.

"They grabbed me and I said, 'No! Don't! Leave me alone! Just go! Leave!' I said, 'Jesus help me. Help me!' And all I knew is, he tapped me and goes, 'Get in the other room,'" says Presley.

She says the men forced her into a back bedroom, tied her up, beat her and stole her money. Her eye is swollen shut from the beating.

"When he taped me up. He just beat me three or four times," Presley recalls.

Once the men left, she got into her car and drove to the local convenience store for help.

"This young gentleman was riding his bike and goes, 'What's wrong ma'am?' He called the police for me," she remembers.

Presley says the men robbed her of more than $1,000 in cash. Some of that money she was saving for her grandson's tuition to attend Wichita State University.

"They just want money for nothing. Why are you taking from people? We work hard. I work hard to take care of my grandkids to help my mom and brother stay in business. Why do people do that?" She questions.

Presley says she lived in her home for five years. While her neighbor consoles her, both women say they no longer feel safe living in the area.

"I felt safe. We felt safe. But all of a sudden, boom! The environment, loud music," says Presley.

Her daughter is now moving her out of the neighborhood.

Police say, if you notice something suspicious in or around your house, don't be afraid to call 911. Dispatchers will send an officer out to your home to check it out for you.