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Former Sheriff warns people to guard against crime

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Police are still looking for a home invader who brutally beat an elderly woman.

The victim is the aunt of retired Dougherty County Sheriff Jamil Saba, and he is warning the elderly to protect themselves.

His aunt faces a long recuperation from broken bones after the violent attack at her home, and Saba admits he is mad. 

His 84 year old Aunt suffered a broken pelvis and other injuries when she was attacked by a man she was giving food to.

"She felt sorry for him. And wanted to help him. I guess this is what you get when you do that," Saba said.

Esther Eckstein lived on Highland Avenue for 55 years. She was well known as the crossing guard who helped children to school for 24 years.

But February 3rd she opened her door to a man asking for food. He beat, choked and robbed her.

 "I just don't understand it. She would have probably give him all the groceries in the house, or whatever he need if he hadn't hurt her. He didn't need to hurt her," Saba said.

Friends know this violent attack will also cost Eckstein the independence she valued.

Friend Pam Longshore said "Then it takes away some of their spark for life, and their security in their home."

Friends and neighbors are watching for the man who attacked Eckstein, and Albany Police have a reward for his arrest. Saba wants the elderly to protect themselves.

"You see somebody in your yard or coming, don't open the door for anybody. Just call the Police and let them handle it. This is what they are there for," Saba said.

Eckstein faces weeks of rehab for her broken bones. Saba said he wants to make sure her attacker does not hurt anyone else.

Albany Police have reward money for anyone with information about the man who attacked Esther Eckstein.

You can call them at 229-431-2100 and ask for the Investigators, or call CRIMESTOPPERS at 229-436-TIPS.