2008_05_pushinbklyn.jpgA 69-year-old woman was the victim of a brutal assault when a man broke into her Dyker Heights home around 9:30 p.m. Friday night. The police say the intruder broke in through a kitchen window, and clubbed Carmela Boccadifuoco on the head.

Sources say the robber probably saw Boccadifuoco's 97-year-old mother, who is afflicted Alzheimer's, alone in her bedroom and thought the coast was clear. However, he came across Boccadifuoco and hit her so badly she needed 27 stitches to close up her wound.

Neighbors are worried about the neighborhood--one said that he had been robbed of $2,000 by a man posing as a water inspector. Residents have asked Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz to increase patrols two weeks ago, but Markowitz's office hadn't responded. However, Markowitz tells WNBC he's visiting Boccadifuoco today at 11 a.m.

Update: Here's Markowitz's statement:

I have spoken with commanders at Brooklyn South and the 68th Precinct about the recent incidents in Dyker Heights, and they have assured me there will be increased police patrols in the neighborhood from now through the summer. Friday night’s attack on Mrs. Boccadifuoco was particularly vicious, and I assured her that my office and law enforcement will do everything possible to apprehend the thug responsible, and ensure the ongoing safety of the residents of Dyker Heights.