"When the victim opened the door, the suspect forced his way into the residence and demanded money. He kicked and choked the victim, took money from the residence and departed," said Lt. Robert Rooney, Los Angeles Police Department.
Detectives confirmed the suspect was not an official UPS driver. He is described as a Hispanic male, 22 to 23 years old, with black hair and brown eyes. He is about 6'1" and 180 pounds.
Retired LAPD officer Dwayne George lives down the street from the victim. He says he is leery of anyone knocking on his door that he is not expecting.
"I look out to see what they do. I might ask what they want ... what they're doing. And if there is any indication at all that it feels unsafe, I just won't answer the door," said George.
"I don't take chances," said Sandy Thayer, another neighbor. "I'm not afraid, but I just don't want to be a victim."
There have been other burglaries and car break-ins in Westchester in the last week, but police say that those incidents appear to be unrelated to the attack on the elderly woman.
Police say you should keep your doors and first floor windows shut and locked.
"People have to really take care of themselves when it comes to that and keep an eye out," said Lt. Robert Rooney. "And keep an eye out for one another."