The D.C. teen accused of breaking into an 81-year-old woman’s house wearing a ski mask, punching the woman and taking her computer, said he regretted the attack after his capture, according to authorities.
“Y’all got me. That lady could have been my grandmother,” Tyran Mcelrath told detectives, according to police charging documents made available Friday afternoon. “I feel sorry for the lady.”
Police on Thursday charged Mcelrath, 18, of Southeast Washington, with burglary in the Wednesday afternoon break-in in the 3500 block of McKinley Street in Chevy Chase. In a hearing Friday in D.C. Superior Court, Magistrate Judge Karen A. Howze ordered Mcelrath held until a hearing scheduled for Nov. 19.
According to the charging documents, police were called to the woman’s home about 12:50 p.m. She told police that a masked man in her home — he got in through a basement window, authorities said — began punching her in the face and head, then cursed at her when she told him to leave. He fled on foot, police said.