Elderly woman awakes to men with guns in East side home

Frances Foerster, 87, robbed at gunpoint during home invasion

SAN ATONIO - Frances Foerster, 87, is recovering after getting the scare of her life during a home invasion on the East side.

Three men with guns barged into her Motel Drive home in the middle of the night and robbed her, San Antonio police said.

Foerster said she woke up around 2:30 a.m. after hearing noises and then seeing a light coming from her spare bedroom.

“I stood up by my bed and they were standing here, pointing guns at me and told me not to move,” she said, re-creating the frightening scene. “They said to give them my money and my jewelry. And I said, ‘I don’t keep cash.'"

Foerster said she turned over what little jewelry she had -- all of it costume jewelry -- and the robbers took it, along with her television. She quickly picked up the phone and dialed 911.

The robbers, she believes, got into her home by removing an air conditioning unit from the bedroom window.

The break-in could not have happened at a worse time for Foerster. She’s still grieving the loss of her son, who died last Sunday.

“I tell you, I feel like bursting out and crying and screaming, but I’m not going to do it,” she said.

Foerster said when her grandchildren arrive to help, though, it could be a different story.

Of all that the robbers took, she said, what upsets her most is the loss of her TV. Foerster, who doesn’t drive, said that often is her only link to the outside world.

Police did not immediately release a description of the robbers.

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