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Gunman threatens wheelchair bound woman

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8/CNS) - A masked gunman broke into a home in the College Area Friday, surprising a 36-year-old woman in a wheelchair and her caregiver.

The home invasion robbery in the 5100 block of 67th Street was reported at 8:23 a.m., according to San Diego police Officer Frank Cali.

"The suspect demanded items," Cali said without elaboration.

The victim told  CBS News 8 she and her caregiver were talking in the office when she heard her electronic door open, “I saw a man with a gun pointing it at me."

The woman with cerebral palsy didn't want to reveal her identity but wanted to share her story in hopes of getting the suspect caught.

“He stopped me and came up and put the gun against my neck and he took off my seat belt and threw me on the floor,” said the victim.

She says the partially masked man demanded her cell phone and forced the caregiver to a back bedroom.

“I don't know where she is, I don't know if they have kidnapped her, I don't know what has happened. I'm terrified,” said the woman.

The victim didn't know her friend escaped and ran over to a neighbor's house.

“She burst into the house, 'call 911, call 911,'” said Sidney Franklin, neighbor.

Police quickly swarmed the scene but the gunman was gone.

“I have to live my life in fear and I am very scared and I don't want to live that way,” said the disabled woman. “There is nothing O.K. about this at all. Just please find who did this."

She says despite the terrifying ordeal she is thankful for her kind neighbors who helped and strangers who have brought flowers to help her get through this situation.

Police described the suspect as 32 to 35 years old, 6-feet to 6-feet-3 inches tall, 250-270 pounds, with brown hair and a scruffy beard.

He was last seen wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants, and he fled in a white vehicle, Cali said.

No injuries were reported. Call police if you have any information.

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