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Police used GPS to find attacker of elderly woman

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According to a court document, a police "GPS database query yielded information that assisted in identifying... Tryan McElrath.... as the assailant" of an 81-year-old woman who was beaten in her home, Wednesday, in Washington, D.C. That same document says the woman was beaten unconscious by the would-be burglar who entered her home on McKinley Street, NW.

The charging document does not specify what device was being monitored, but says the "defendant arrived at the offense location at 1143 hrs, and remained there until he left [the] residence at 1214 hrs."

The victim, who has limited vision, told police a man wearing a ski mask (with an oval cutout for eyes) cursed at her and hit her with his fists when she asked him to leave her house.

Police say when 18-year-old McElrath was arrested in his home in SE Washington, he was wearing a hat that could be rolled downward into a ski mask that "matched the description" offered by the victim. The defendant appears to have initially cooperated with detectives, because, according to the charging document, McElrath told investigators, at various times: "I  f-ed up," "y'all got me," "that lady could've been my grandmother," and "I feel sorry for the lady."

An attorney for the public defender's service entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of the teenager. Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann Carroll asked that the defendant be held without bond. Magistrate Judge Karen Howze agreed to that request, scheduling a further hearing for the teen on November 19th.

After the five minute hearing at D.C. Superior Court, AUSA Carroll declined to identify the device that police used to pinpoint their suspect inside the victim's home.

Tyran McElrath is currently charged with first degree burglary. That is a serious felony in D.C. with a potential prison term that could stretch into decades.

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