ORLANDO, Fla. -

A man wearing a cloth over his face raped an elderly woman early Monday inside her Orlando home before stealing her vehicle, deputies said.

Orange County sheriff's deputies were called around 4 a.m. to the area of Mobilaire Drive in reference to a sexual battery.

The woman said she awoke to find a man inside her home and he raped and beat her, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office. The man then drove off in her vehicle, deputies said.

The woman's car was later found abandoned near her home, deputies said.

Neighbors described the woman as a churchgoer who has lived alone since her husband died a couple of years ago.

The culprit was described as a white man about 20 to 30 years old and 6 feet 2 inches tall with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a red shirt and black shoes.

Neighborhood resident Pat Westerman is still rattled by the incident.

"A lot of the neighbors are real concerned. You feel rattled even though you weren't part of it," Westerman said.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

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