18-year-old Tyran McElrath, of Southeast D.C., has been charged with burglary.
On Wednesday afternoon, just before 1 p.m., a letter carrier discovered a homeowner who appeared beaten and confused just outside the front door of her home on the 3500 block of McKinley Street, NW. The police report filed in the case says an intruder gained entry into the home by breaking out a rear window, and struck the elderly woman in her face and head with his fist. The victim was hospitalized after the attack.
A neighbor says (and a family member confirmed) that the victim is a retired federal employee. The Russian-born woman worked as a "simultaneous translator" for President Jimmy Carter. She later worked at the Department of Energy.