(FOX NEWS) - A suburban New York family’s happy Thanksgiving celebration turned into a horror when a man broke into their home and assaulted an elderly relative, WCBS-TV reports.
The family had just gone to bed Thursday when cops say Jeffrey Rice slipped into the home in Cold Spring Harbor on Long Island’s north shore through an unlocked door and grabbed a knife.
Police said Rice then sneaked upstairs, where he attacked the homeowner’s 85-year-old aunt with his fists. The woman had just fallen asleep in a bedroom she was sharing with her 7-year-old grandniece, the daughter of the 37-year-old homeowner and his wife.
The wife, 35, told the station what happened.
“My daughter was in the room and escaped, ran downstairs and told my in-laws to call 911, which I had already done from upstairs,” she said.