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SHAWNEE, Okla. - Shawnee police are searching for two men who beat an elderly woman during a home invasion.

It happened around 4:30 Sunday morning at the woman's home in the 1900 block of N. Louisa Avenue.

Aline Smith, 71, woke up to find two strangers in her bedroom.

"They're in her bedroom, they have flashlights. They shine the flashlights on her face so she can't see them and tells her to give them her money," said Detective Jason Crouch with the Shawnee Police Department.

Smith told the two masked men in her bedroom that she doesn't have any money or an ATM card.

"Well then they start getting really upset, really upset. And I guess at some point, one of them says well I'm just going to take her into the back and take care of her," said Det. Crouch.

Smith told the men she has guns that they can have and while they're going to get those, she runs for the door and makes it into her front yard.

"She tripped and she fell in the yard. And she wasn't able to get up quick enough and they were able to catch up with her. And while they did that, she was screaming for help and they held her down and they kicked her in the face and in the stomach and they messed her up pretty bad," said Det. Crouch.

Her attackers then took off and she was able to crawl across the street to a neighbor's house where they called 911.

Neighbors are now on heightened alert.

Richard Reeves lives two doors down.

He had some choice words to describe the two men who beat his sweet, elderly neighbor.

"They're not human any more. You know they're more animal than they are human. You know maybe they don't love their momma or something because who does that to someone that could be their grandmother, you know what I'm saying?" said Reeves.

Police say Smith described the men as tall and slender.

They don't have much of a description because the men were wearing hoodies and masks.

They do have information of two men and a woman walking up and down Smith's street between 8 and 11 Saturday night.

They're working to track down those people.

Smith was transported to OU Medical Center after the attack with broken bones in her face and a brain bleed.

She was released from the hospital on Tuesday.

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