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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Detectives are on the lookout after an elderly woman says she scared off a man who was inside her home early Friday.

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The victim told detectives that she was startled by a man who walked towards her as she was walking from the kitchen inside her home in the 100 block of NW 47th Avenue around 4 AM.

“He was wearing a black mask and black gloves,” the woman who did not wish to be identified said. “Before I knew it, he was on top of my bed.”

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The man, according to the victim, lunged at her and covered her mouth. She says the man tried to inappropriately touch her.

“He kept turning me to the side so I couldn’t see his face,” she said. “But I started screaming and begging for help.”

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Afraid, the woman yelled but the offender assured her he wouldn’t harm her, police said. The woman kicked and continued screaming until he was scared off.

“Quite brazen of a man to break into an elderly woman’s home inthe middle of the night. We do know she was able to do what she was taught apparently since she was small, that is to scream, that is was possible saved her from it going any further,” said Miami Police Public Information Officer Kenia Fallat.

The woman told neighbors she would be staying with family for now because she’s too scared to be home alone.

Neighbors worry worry the same man may return, as they say a similar break-in and attack happened in the building just a few months ago.

“Somebody get in my house too,” Alexander Brito said. “I don’t know what’s going on over here. But that’s crazy!”

Police describe the man as approximately 5’6” to 5’9” in height, last seen wearing all black clothing and a black ski mask.

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Anyone with information is urged to contact the Miami Police Department’s Special Victims Unit at (305) 603-6300 or Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS (8477).

Lauren Pastrana