On November 4, 2012, Irene Keszler, a 93-year old grandmother was brutally beaten, leaving her with a broken neck and fighting for her life at the UC-Davis Medical Center.
Mrs. Keszler and her husband John, married for 71 years, have lived on their farm in Lodi, CA, outside Stockton, since the 1940s. Neighbors in the surrounding rural area are enraged.
“People are getting more violent out here and that’s evidenced by this [home invasion] last Sunday,” says Darlene Richardson, Neighborhood Watch leader. “Beat her up and leave her for dead? I just don’t know what’s next.”
In the face of a rash of robberies and home invasions that some complain seem to be happening every week or even twice a week, homeowners in the area are forming and paying for a Neighborhood Watch that includes armed security. A hundred and sixty homeowners have signed up, since August.
“Response time is slow to get here, but the criminals just keep coming back and back and back,” Richardson notes. Neighbor Bob Kaftinow agrees. “These guys are violent, armed, dangerous. If the Sheriff can’t take care of it, we will.”
The couple’s grandson reported that the thieves got away with a couple of TVS and silverware. “That’s the part that really gets to me. How could you do that to somebody 93?”
Source: KCRA TV