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Elderly Woman Robbed And Pushed Down In Her Yard

Posted at 6:57 PM, Jul 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-02 19:57:43-04

A 93-year-old woman was assaulted and robbed in her own front yard.

The elderly lady was walking from her home to a car because her friend was picking her up.

That's when a suspect approached her, pushed her down, and took her purse. He got away with money and credit cards.

Metro Police said he was last seen leaving Gwynn Drive at a high rate of speed in a gray car. The young male was reportedly wearing a sweat shirt to hide his face.

Mary Lou Spurlock said she's lived on Gwynn Drive for 46 years, and she can't believe this happened to her neighbor.

Spurlock said, "I don't like that feeling of insecurity, it makes you hate to get out in your yard and you're looking over your shoulder all the time."

The elderly victim is now recovering from the incident and wants the suspect caught.

Spurlock said, "I used to worry about being robbed by an old man, but now I think you could at least talk to them, but these young people have no conscience."

Police said the incident took place on Thursday just after 3 in the afternoon.

Neighbors said the victim is well known in the neighborhood because she owns several of the homes and rents them out. 

Spurlock said, "She's just a kind little old lady."

They said she's a fighter, and they're confident she'll be okay. 

Spurlock said, "I would not have wanted to tangle with her a few years ago, I tell ya."

As Spurlock enjoys her patio, she can't help but wonder why someone would target someone so innocent.

Spurlock said, "That's what's so horrible I mean, like I said, she didn't do anything to him, she didn't do anything to provoke it."

The victim gets picked up once a week by a friend from her church. They worry that someone could have been watching her routine.

Spurlock said, "I think we should all be careful and watch what's going on." 

As things get back to a normal pace, residents want the suspect to know that this is not a game, they have changed someone's life, and now they don't feel safe. 

If you have any information on who may have committed this crime, you can contact detectives here at the East Precinct or call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.