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Police investigate phony charitable robbery in Warren

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WARREN, Ohio - A woman living on the North Warren tells police she was beaten and robbed Tuesday afternoon by a man claiming he was going door-to-door to collect charitable donations.

The young mother says a man dressed in a dark blue suit jacket knocked on her door claiming to be with the Salvation Army and was collecting toys for donations.

But when the woman told him she didn't have anything to offer, he then asked her for a glass of water. After she went to the kitchen to grab him a bottled water, she turned around to walk to her front door and noticed he was standing in her living room and had entered her home without her permission.

"He then pulled a black semi-automatic gun with a skinny barrel out of his left top breast pocket and pointed it at me and said 'where's your purse at, where's the money'," the victim says, who asked to remain unidentified.

The woman says the intruder hit her over the head with his gun, where she now bears 13 stitches. 

After handing over her $400 cash, she says the man fled her home by foot. Officers scanned her neighborhood to located the man, but were unsuccessful.

Blood on her walls remain as a scary reminder of how unsafe she now feels inside her own home.

"It's supposed to be a good time of year, you know with Christmas and everything going on," she says. 

"People shouldn't have to worry about people coming into their house and trying to rob them over money and what not. I don't know if people are desperate this time of year, but it's supposed to be a good time of year."

Warren police are investigating the incident.

The Warren Corps of the Salvation Army tells 21 News its volunteers do not solicit for donations door-to-door. Donations are either directly received from individuals or gathered by the Red Kettle Campaign. 
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