90-Year-Old Woman Brutalized In Bridgeport Home

Manuela Vida Tricked, Duct-Taped, Robbed In Her Apartment

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (CBSNewYork) — She was tied up and robbed.

Police are hunting for the man who brutalized a 90-year-old Connecticut woman.

A neighbor talking to CBS 2’s Lou Young physically shuddered at the mention of what happened behind an apartment door in Bridgeport.

Manuela Vida answered a knock and believed the story she was told.

“He had a birthday present for her and she needed to sign for it. So she let him in. They went to the kitchen. She says then he jumped her from behind, dragged her to the bedroom, pulled out duct tape where he duct taped her hands and her ankles, then her mouth and her eyes and said if you say anything I’ll kill you,” Bridgeport Police spokesman Tim Quinn said.

Police said cash and the woman’s social security card were taken. A neighbor’s daughter told Young the victim was hospitalized Wednesday because of the stress.

“The security doors here are kept locked all the time and for someone to come in to the building late afternoon and do what they did is absolutely horrifying,” Daisey Gemita said.

Residents are able to buzz in visitors through the lobby doors, and are warned not to let people follow them in, but it’s easy to grab the door hold it and wait.

One neighbor told Young he believes he saw the robber in a hallway earlier in the day, describing him as a “short, white guy.”

Police, however, describes the robber as Hispanic, 5-foot-5 and 150 pounds. They said the crime fits no existing pattern of home invasions they are aware of.

Neighbors said the attacker covered up the peepholes in some of the apartment doors on the same floor to keep people from seeing what was happening.

The incident was just the latest in a series of attacks on the elderly throughout the Tri-State Area. On Jan. 26, an elderly couple were beaten and robbed outside of their Staten Island home for $18. On Feb. 10, a Westchester County woman was arrested in the death of her 70-year-old mother. Then on Feb. 15, a 96-year-old man was beaten and robbed outside an elevator in his Queens building.

If you have information pertaining to this case, please call the Bridgeport Police Detective’s Bureau at 203–581–5201.

Disgusted by all of this? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • Rodin

    I’m a believer … in SPELLCHECK!

  • Rodin

    You mean “cesspool”, one word.

    Well, you gonna tell me or do I have to wait to find out? Wat’s waiting? Where? What do you know? Who are you to judge? The arrogance of piety knows no limits.

    You don’t know that woman. You don’t know me. Maybe she’s depraved. Maybe I’m a saint.


    • Rodin

      The above comment was for:

      What’s waiting for you, Rodin, and what’s waiting for this woman are vastly different.
      Repent my friend.
      March 31, 2011 at 4:59 pm


  • lulu

    This woman was a target who probably was watched by the perp who was most likely a drug addict. Did he know his victim. Obviously he didn’t know Jesus Christ or his teachings, maybe he will get to know him when he repence behind bars.

    • Rodin

      Geez, y’all need to go back to school!

      “repen-T” not “repen-CE”

      No wonder y’all believe all that eternal damnation and Jesus nonsense (or Muhammad or whatever fantasy tickles your fancy)! That’s what happens when you spend your time praying instead of paying attention to the teachers.

  • C.J.

    A cross on the door and that picture are useless. A “beware of dog” sign would have been much more effective.

    • Rodin

      YOU GOT THAT RIGHT! With a pic of a snarling Pit Bull on a heavy chain.

      But seriously folks, I actually believe the religious images act as an invitation portraying the resident, rightly or wrongly, as meek, gentle and unable to defend him/her-self.

      Although I’m convinced this thug already knew exactly what to expect. This guy “knew” what he was doing and who he was dealing with beforehand.

  • Moral Truth

    The victim did not ask for id which you should when delivery person shows up at your door and thats the moral truth.

  • roy hewitt

    Please don’t say that about Jesus! What about the door? Do you get rid of the door because it didn’t keep out the burglar this time? or the lock? and do you want to say a lot of good life itself did her because of what happened that night? That’s just faulty logic you’re using! Now take a look at the cup when it’s half full instead of when it’s half empty!

    • Rodin

      The ‘faulty logic’ here is yours. You’re comparing apples and oranges.

      Doors, locks and the like are tangible instruments that can actually protect against intrusion. Jesus is a myth, a fantasy created by wishful thinking and false hope.

      We know nothing of the woman’s life, good or bad.

  • Annoying CBS advertisements

    What’s with CBS lame antiquated website style and their stupid annoying pop under and video overlay commercials.

    • Rodin


  • thor's hammer

    be afraid you maggot, be very afraid. we just volunteered you to help out at that nuclear power plant in japan, for the duration. no need for the good people of ct to pay for you to have a lawyer, a trial, 3 squares and a cot in jail. time for the real people’s court to be called into session.

    • Rodin

      “The People’s Court”…. Is that the one with Marilyn Milian or the one with judge Joe Brown? Judge Mathis, maybe? I know it’s not Judge Judy.

      Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh…, fire and brimstone to you too!

      • kara

        you really need a lobotomy, Rodint

      • Rodin

        How ignorant! Don’t you watch educational TV? Never heard of The People’s Court?
        1.(1981–1993) – Joseph Wapner
        2.(1997–2000) – Ed Koch, former mayor of NYC
        3.(2000–2001) – Jerry Sheindlin
        4.(2001-2011) – Marilyn Milian

        I guess you meant “rod-E-nt”. Can’t even spell. Good attempt at a putdown. Too bad you end up with egg on your face.

  • mabe

    That’s horrific!!! God is going to punish him. What goes around comes around, when they catch him the “BOYS” are going to brutalized his ass!!!

    • Rodin


      “God is a witness that cannot be sworn.” – Samuel Beckett

  • david

    totally appaling!

  • Sandi

    To comment on “Jesus’ picture, this is not Jesus’ picture, they did not have cameras in Jesus’ day, and we are told to trust God, not anyone’s picture or painting. I am a Christian, but the way that some people diminish the diety of Jesus, no wonder there are so much trouble.

    Now to address the elderly, there should have been cameras around. The thief will be back so plan to trap and catch him. Thieves are not smart, they don’t know when to quit! If found, the thief should be beaten with the cat 0′ nine tail, then sentenced for his crime to whatever the term is for the crimes he committed.

    If found

    • Rodin

      “d-EI-ty”, not dIEty. Jesus alone won’t do. You need ‘spellcheck.’

    • jodi

      This IS a picture of Jesus. He did not say it was a “photograph” of Jesus.

      • Rodin

        Thank you.

        We do live in a time when a child’s hallucinations under drugs and anesthetics are considered wondrous and make for a best seller by his dad and Lynn Vincent, a ghost writer for Sarah Palin, on the New York Times “NONFICTION” list.

        When I was 6 I was operated on for a hernia and hallucinated about rabbits. Nobody thought it was a miraculous appearance of the Easter Bunny….

  • r.c

    it did alot good RODIN,she’s still ALIVE!

    • Rodin

      IT’S A MIRACLE!!! I’m 66, without Jesus and never been mugged….

      Good without gods.


  • Rodin

    I AM disgusted! YOU BET!!!

    A lot of good that Jesus picture did her!

    • M

      Evil is alive and well and roaming the streets day and night. Let’s see how well you fare at ninety years of age and living alone is Bridgeport. Cess pool.

      There should be security cameras in these “houses” right?
      So I gues a short white guy is going to be on that film….sure

      What’s waiting for you, Rodin, and what’s waiting for this woman are vastly different.
      Repent my friend.

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