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Elderly couple targeted in home invasion on North Side

CHICAGO -- Police say one man is in custody in connection with a home invasion that targeted an elderly Chicago couple.  It is the latest in a series of attacks preying on vulnerable senior citizens on the city’s North Side.

An 84-year-old man and his 81-year-old wife were in their home in the 5100 block of West Wellington Saturday morning when police say a suspect pried open a back window.

It was around 1:30 a.m.

The suspect entered the home and began taking the couple’s belongings.

“(He said) ‘If I had a gun I would shoot both you and your wife,’” the victim told WGN News.

The suspect took a wallet, a checkbook and jewelry including wedding rings.

It was the fourth home invasion in about a week targeting seniors on Chicago's North Side.

A second couple were beaten and robbed at their home in the 5400 block of Henderson late Thursday night. Those victims are they're still in the hospital. A purse and cell phones were taken.

Earlier in the week, on Tuesday night around 9:30, two people broke into a home in the 4800 block of West Nelson. A 78-year-old woman was beaten so badly it’s unclear if she will regain vision in her left eye.

The first incident happened May 19th. The victim was also 78 years old and was attacked and robbed at her home in the 4100 block of North Avers.

Police are investigating.