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Great-grandmother robbed and beaten during home invasion

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CHICAGO, IL -- Police are searching for a man who brutally attacked and robbed a 78-year-old great-grandmother during a home invasion on Chicago's Northwest Side Friday afternoon, leaving her fighting for her life in intensive care.

The woman's daughter, Yvonne Morales, says her mother was cleaning the kitchen of her apartment on the 4100 Block of North Avers in the Irving Park neighborhood, where she lives alone, and left the door ajar. Someone peeked into the open door and asked if there was an apartment for rent. After she said there was, Morales said, her mother - who is just under five feet tall - was attacked from behind.

She was hit repeatedly in her face and head and suffered a fractured nose and bleeding in her brain. Doctors later would put stitches around her eye. After attacking the woman, the man took some jewelry from the home.

"She's a very sweet mother. I just can't imagine who would do that," Morales said.

Neighbor Deanna Harris says she called police after finding the woman bleeding and crying on the porch. Even more, she believes she saw her neighbor’s attacker as she returned home from the grocery store.

"Sometimes this door you can push open when it’s cold outside. I saw him on the phone and I thought he was just waiting for somebody in the apartment. So I didn’t think anything of it at first,” Harris said.

Harris described the man as skinny, 5’10” with wire glasses, and very "clean cut" with a red hat, a blue jacket and blue jeans.

The great-grandmother is now hospitalized in critical condition and has been in and out of consciousness, providing details about the moments leading up to her attack. Chicago Police are investigating what they're calling a home invasion.

Morales and her family have asked that WGN not identify the victim by name.

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