The man knocked on the woman's front door and said he was a UPS driver with a delivery, police said. When she let him in, he demanded money.
"During the incident, he kicked and choked the victim before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash," police said.
The suspect was described as a Hispanic man about 23 years old, 6 feet 1 inch and 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was wearing a tan shirt, brown pants and brown work boots.
Anyone with information on the suspect was asked to contact LAPD Pacific area detectives at (310) 482-6396 or (877)-LAPD-24-7.