Woman brutally beaten, robbed inside Tempe home; suspects on the loose

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

TEMPE – A woman is recovering after complete strangers viciously attacked her inside her own home.

It happened at about 10:30 Tuesday morning near McClintock Drive and Warner Road in Tempe. The woman was punched, kicked and dragged through her house.

The homeowner doesn't want to reveal her identity, but she is speaking out, hoping the public will help Tempe police find the men who beat and robbed her.

“I'm glad I’m here. I thought I wasn't gonna be here," she said.

The 51-year-old victim was brutally beaten but is feeling pretty lucky to be alive.

“I was punched and tied up," she said. "I was lucky to get away and get to my neighbor’s house I do have two fractured ribs, black eyes ... bruises everywhere.”

Now Tempe police are looking for the two men responsible for those broken ribs, black eyes and bruises.

“I had no idea someone was in here," the woman said of her attackers. "They just came rushing at me and started hitting me.”

The men were after some very specific information -- the woman's ATM pin number.

“I gave them my pin number over a hundred times," the woman said, "but they kept hitting me, thinking I lied because I was face-down on the carpet. I kept saying, 'This is the number. There is money there. Just go get it. You know, leave me alone.'”

Police say the bad guys got in to the woman's house through a back door that was apparently unlocked. They ransacked the home and then attacked the woman before making their getaway.

“I hope [police] catch them," the woman said, understandably shaky. She said she's not sure how she will go on in the home where she once felt safe before it became the site of such a horrendous experience.

"One day at a time," she said.

Tempe investigators are working on getting pictures of the suspects, and plan to release them on Wednesday.

In the meantime, police are urging everyone to take a second look around their homes to be sure all doors and windows are locked.

If you have any information Tuesday morning's attack,  you are urged to call police.