Woman, 82, hospitalized after she says police raided wrong home

ABC7 I-Team Investigation
CHICAGO (WLS) -- A police raid sent an 82-year-old woman to the hospital, and her family says police were at the wrong address.

Chicago police maintain officers did not target the wrong house and that they had reason to search the property for drugs. But that great grandmother in Roseland said she lives alone and that search turned up nothing.

The encounter left her front door badly-damaged and the locks busted, but Elizabeth Harrison says what's most broken is her trust.

"I always tell my young people, 'Respect the law,'" Harrison said. "But to have them come in and do what they did to me, something is wrong. Really wrong.

The 82-year-old great grandmother spoke to ABC7 at Roseland Hospital, where doctors have been monitoring her heart rate since Thursday after Harrison says CPD Gave her the scare of her life.

"They were there with the guns drawn: "Put your hands up! Put your hands up! Put your hands up!" Harrison said.

Harrison said police showed her this search warrant with her address listed. But when she told the officers her home was no drug house - that she was a widow and lived alone - she said no one believed her.

"They wanted me to produce this young man that they were looking for. And they would not take no for an answer that I didn't know him," she said.

As police swarmed the block, Harrison's daughter who lives nearby rushed to the house.

"They had her sitting in a chair, and her breathing was like (heavy breathing sounds)," said Linda Channel, her daughter. "I almost had a heart attack."

Harrison says police searched her home and eventually left, but not before one final head-scratcher.

The man police were seeking - whose name appears in the warrant - showed up to talk to officers.

"You all came to the wrong house. I live at 126, and this is 136," Channell said, quoting the man.

"It's enough to be 82. You don't need all that other stuff to go with it. Just trying to deal with 82 is enough," Harrison said.

A CPD spokesperson said based on intelligence, officers had reason to search the home, and this was not a case of an incorrect address. Still, police say they will pay for a new door.

Harrison maintains police simply got it wrong.
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