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Woman in hiding after masked group beat her during home invasion

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HICKORY, NC (WBTV) -

A Hickory woman is in seclusion and recovering from injuries she suffered Sunday evening when three men burst into her home and beat her.

Sixty-eight-year-old Doris Lutz was wrapping Christmas gifts and "minding her own business," said her daughter Michele Kirby, when a knock came on the front door.

"She thought it was my nephew and opened it, said Kirby.

That's when three men wearing bandanas on their faces came into the house and knocked Lutz to the floor. According to Kirby, her mother was kicked and beaten and shoved into a wall.

"It was unbelievable."

Authorities are not sure how long the attack lasted but long enough for the intruders to ransack the closets and steal jewelry and some cash that they found.

According to the victim, the men left when they saw headlights on the road across from the house. Lutz crawled to her own car in the garage and blew the horn until help a neighbor came to help.

She was treated and released at a nearby hospital.

Another of Lutz's daughters, Larissa Kirby, said her mother is afraid the three men will come back to kill her.

"We are not going to leave her alone in the house and we are installing an alarm system," she said.

Neighbors have also been alerted to be on the lookout for anything suspicious.

Police investigators said they do have some leads and are following up on them but would welcome any tips from the public.

They don't think the Lutz home was picked at random but have not been able to determine why it was picked for the crime. 

The family is offering a $500 reward for information that leads to a conviction of those responsible.

Larissa Kirby still can't believe it happened and wonders who would do such a thing.

"They have mothers, they have grandmothers, and how could a person do this?"

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