By Diana Rocco
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia police are looking for a suspect who attacked and beat up an elderly woman in Northeast Philadelphia.
The incident happened Easter Sunday around 2:10 p.m. near the 8300 block of Loretto Avenue.
The 94-year-old victim was walking home from the Bells Corner Supermarket when an unknown male began following her. The suspect then approached the woman from behind and grabbed her purse, knocking her to the ground, before fleeing the scene.
“This is a 94-year-old woman. She’s barely 4-feet 8-inches and he’s 6 feet tall. He comes up from behind her, grabs her purse, breaks her arm and she has some internal bleeding. It’s tragic,” says Lt. Ray Evers of the Philadelphia Police Department.
Police want to find this man before he hurts someone else. They believe he is from the area and say he walks with a limp.
The suspect is described as a white male, 6’0” tall and about 175-180 lbs, and was wearing a blue shirt, jeans and white sneakers.
The woman was leaving Bell’s market grocery store when the attack happened. Other elderly people who shop at the store are concerned, and so is the store’s manager, who says she has warned them to be careful.
She fears if this man isn’t caught, it may happen again.
“It’s horrible. It’s horrible. I have a lot of elderly customers and I always tell them to be careful,” said the owner.
If you have any information on the crime, please call 215-686-TIPS (8477).