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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
Crews arrived to repair an elderly north Nashville woman's home Thursday one day after she was attacked in a brutal burglary near Brick Church Pike that Metro police hope you can help them solve.
Metro Councilman Walter Hunt, Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson and North Precinct Cmdr. Terrence Graves announced a $1,000 reward for the suspects' arrests. "By offering a reward, we're hoping it will generate some tips and it might lead to the people who perpetrated this crime," Graves said.
"The wonderful thing about Nashville police is they don't work alone. Someone in this community knows something and will come forward with information," Anderson said.
Eighty-five-year-old Evelyn Freeman still has a black eye after trying to fend off three burglars who broke into her home.
Freeman was tied up with tape in her home about a year ago. Then, early Wednesday, three men arrived and put a bag over her head in another home invasion.
She has lived in the same home since 1946 and said she was held against her will as the men looked for items to steal.
"I don't have anything for them to steal. Why do they keep bothering me?" Freeman said.
She said the men were each masked and dressed in all black as they broke through her door just after midnight in the Brick Church Pike area.
"I heard something like thunder, and next thing I knew, they were in the house," she said.
They covered her face with a bag, pulled her around the house and demanded cash.
"The last time he jerked me real hard, and he said, 'Where is your purse?' And so I had to tell him," Freeman said.
The woman tried calling 911 and grabbing for wasp spray to fend the attackers off, but the trio ran out of the home with $200 and her television.
Just last summer, another man showed up pretending to be with the Rutherford County drug unit before he pulled a gun, tied her up and took money and jewelry.
That man and the three from the latest attack remain on the run.
"You don't want to hear what I'd like to do to them. I'm going to be ladylike and not tell you," Freeman said.
Still, she fears they or someone else will be back.
"Earn a living instead of stealing from somebody else that has worked hard all their life," she said.
Freeman and her neighbors believe the three men have been scoping out the area for a while now, but a description other than their masks and black clothing is unavailable.
Community leaders have bought Freeman a new television, and someone came forward to install an alarm system at her home.
If you have any information that could help investigators in either burglary, give police a call.
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