Authorities are seeking a woman who tied a 78-year-old woman to a chair and set her house on fire during an armed robbery—leaving the elderly woman seriously injured and hospitalized.

On Tuesday, Oct.15, 2019, around 9:30 a.m., the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about a residential structure fire in the 4500 block of Farm-to-Market (FM) 148 in rural Kaufman County, Texas, KRLD reported.

Officials said that a good Samaritan went into the house and, with the help of Crandall firefighters, found a 78-year-old woman tied to the chair and rescued her from the home.

The elderly woman was airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital where she remains hospitalized in “guarded” but stable condition.

“Preliminary information indicates the victim answered her door to find the suspect pointing a pistol at the victim,” according to the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect pushed her way into the house, demanded money, tied her to a chair, then rummaged through the house. Before leaving the suspect set a fire in the kitchen, leaving her tied to the chair, officials said.

The suspect is being sought for attempted capital murder, aggravated robbery, and arson causing serious bodily injury to an elderly person.

The suspect is described as a heavy-set woman with strawberry hair who was wearing a black hoodie and gold-rimmed glasses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office Investigator J. Weisbruch at 972-932-9735.

The Texas Rangers are assisting in the investigation.


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