83-year-old woman held at gunpoint, robbed in North Naples home

— She’s 83 and was home alone. Her husband was in the hospital.

When two men broke into her North Naples home, it was broad daylight. They were wearing all black. One apparently had a pistol.

And they demanded “the money” before they bound her at the wrists and closed her off in a bathroom.

Now, Collier County deputies are looking for the two men in connection with the home-invasion robbery Thursday afternoon.

“I just tried to keep calm,” Virginia Visnich said Friday as she was on her way to visit her husband in a hospital.

Sheriff’s reports give this account of what happened:

Visnich, 83, was confronted in her home in the 400 block of Ridge Court by two men shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday. Wearing all black, their faces were covered. One of them pointed what appeared to be a black pistol at her and demanded money.

Visnich said the men told her they wouldn’t hurt her and kept asking: “Where is the money?”

Once she gave them money, they bound her wrists with zip ties, led her to a bathroom and shut her inside, reports said.

“I was nervous, but sat down and tried to relax and prayed,” Visnich said.

When she believed the suspects had left the home, she walked to a nearby residence and called for help.

Earlier in the day, a suspicious vehicle was reported in the driveway of a home on the same street, near Pelican Bay in Naples. Deputies said they believe that car, a black Cadillac four-door equipped with a police-style scanner, may be connected to this case.

Neighbor Terry Edwards said she felt safe with her house security system and her big dogs.

“I feel awful that we to have to worry about that,” Edwards said.

This wasn’t the first home-invasion robbery of the month in Collier County.

Last week, three men armed with guns forced their way inside a residence at 4037 19th Court S.W., Apt. A, in Golden Gate and robbed the four people who live there.

An investigation continues, officials said.

Collier sheriff’s Lt. John Morrisseau stressed the importance of making sure who is at the door before opening it because in the majority of home-invasion robbery cases, the suspects force their way inside.

“The best thing for people to do is not open the door until they know who is there,” said Morrisseau, of the Sheriffs Office Criminal Investigations Division.

During the home-invasion robbery earlier this month, the suspects ran the door bell. In Thursday’s robbery, Morrisseau said, deputies believe that the men snuck into the house through an unlocked window.

There is a possibility that the challenging economic conditions could result in an increase in crime, yet Morrisseau said he wasn’t sure if that was the case in both of these home-invasion robbery cases.

If anyone arrives at your home with an “odd reason,” residents should contact the Sheriff’s Office, Morrisseau said.

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s Crime Prevention Unit conducts free home-security surveys to check the vulnerability points of your home and behavior before you become a break-in target.

For information about the home-security surveys, call the Crime Prevention Bureau at (239) 252-0704.

Earlier

Collier County deputies are looking for two men in connection with a home-invasion robbery in North Naples on Thursday afternoon.

Reports give this account of what happened:

Virginia Visnich, 83, who was home alone, was confronted in her home in the 400 block of Ridge Court by two men shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday. The men were wearing all black and their faces were covered. One of them pointed what appeared to be a black pistol at her and demanded money.

Visnich said the men told her they wouldn’t hurt her and kept asking: “Where is the money.”

“I just tried to keep calm,” Visnich said Friday as she was on her way to visit her husband in a hospital.

Once she gave them money, they bound her wrists with zip ties, led her to a bathroom and shut her inside, reports said.

“I was nervous, but sat down and tried to relax and prayed,” Visnich said.

When she believed the suspects had left the home, she walked to a nearby residence and called for help.

Earlier in the day, a suspicious vehicle was reported in the driveway of a home on the same street, near Pelican Bay in Naples. Deputies said they believe that car, a black Cadillac four-door equipped with a police-style scanner, may be connected to this case.

Neighbor Terry Edwards said she felt safe with her house security system and her big dogs.

“I feel awful that we to have to worry about that,” Edwards said.

This wasn’t the first home-invasion robbery of the month in Collier County.

Last week, three men armed with guns forced their way inside a residence at 4037 19th Court S.W., Apt. A, in Golden Gate and robbed the four people who live there.

An investigation continues, officials said.

Collier Sheriff’s Office Lt. John Morrisseau stressed the importance of making sure who is at the door before opening it because in the majority of home-invasion robbery cases, they force their way inside.

“The best thing for people to do is not open the door until they know who is there,” said Morrisseau, of the Sheriffs Office Criminal Investigations Division.

During the home-invasion robbery earlier this month, the door bell was rung. In Thursday’s robbery, Morrisseau said, deputies believe that the men snuck into the house through an unlocked window.

There is a possibility that the challenging economic conditions could result in an increase in crime, yet Morrisseau said he wasn’t sure if that was the case in both of these home-invasion robbery cases.

If anyone arrives at your home with an “odd reason,” residents should contact the Sheriff’s Office, Morrisseau said.

Collier County Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Unit conducts free home-security surveys to check the vulnerability points of your home and behavior before you become a break-in target.

For information about the home-security surveys, call the Crime Prevention Bureau at (239) 252-0704.

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Anyone with information is asked to call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at (239) 252-9300 or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.

Earlier

Deputies are looking for two men who conducted a home invasion robbery in North Naples on Thursday afternoon.

Reports give this account of what happened:

Virginia Visnich, 83, was confronted in her home at 400 block of Ridge Court by two men shortly after 4 p.m. Thursday. The men were wearing all black and their faces were covered. One of them pointed what appeared to be a black pistol at her and demanded money. Once she gave them money they bound her wrists with zip ties, led her to a bathroom and shut her inside. When she believed the suspects had left the home she walked to a nearby residence and called for help.

Earlier in the day a suspicious vehicle was reported in the driveway of a home on the same street. Deputies believe that car, a black Cadillac four-door equipped with a police-style scanner, may be connected to this case.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Collier County Sheriff's Office at 252.9300 or to remain anonymou s and be eligible for a reward call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at (239) 252-9300 or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.

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