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Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 08/07/2012

D.C. man who targeted seniors pleads guilty to burglary charges

A District man pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of first-degree burglary in cases where elderly victims were assaulted, restrained and robbed in late June, the U.S. Attorney said.

Anthony Ford, 48, of Southeast Washington, was arrested June 28 for the assault and burglary of two victims who lived in senior citizen buildings, one located in the 1400 block of Florida Avenue NE on June 19 and the other in the 1200 block of G Street SE, on June 26, authorities said.

Ford also faces a firearms charge.

In the first burglary, on June 19, Ford stole $23 after posing as a maintenance worker, gaining entry to the apartment, and punching an 91-year-old woman in the mouth and tying her up, authorities said.

In the June 26 incident, Ford again posed as a maintenance worker, before stealing $133 and tying a 94-year-old man down on his bed, authorities said.

Ford’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 5, and he faces up to 75 years in prison, authorities said.

By Mihir Zaveri  |  05:49 PM ET, 08/07/2012

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