Police are searching for a suspect they say injured a 90-year-old woman earlier this week while she was trying to keep him from stealing her purse.
The woman, a Crowley resident, was loading groceries into her car at the Albertsons Grocery Store parking lot at 833 N.E. Alsbury Blvd. on Monday when a man grabbed her purse and ran away, according to a Burleson Police Department Facebook post.
The woman tried to hang onto her purse and was thrown to the pavement where she hit her head, police said. The woman was then taken to the hospital.
Police believe the suspect fled in a dark colored vehicle.
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Anyone with information concerning this suspect is asked to call Crimestoppers at 800-469-8477 or submit a tip through the web, or call Det. C Pilgrim at 817-426-9961.
One of the Crowley woman’s relatives, who did not want to be identified because the suspect or suspects are still at large, said she and other family members are hoping for a quick arrest because the perpetrator might hurt someone else.
“They left her for dead, so they don’t care about people,” the relative said. “They are violent people.”
The woman who was attacked is now at home recuperating from the injuries which include a bruised left hand, forearm and eye. The attack left her unconscious in the parking lot. The woman said she hopes that her purse along with pictures of her late husband will be returned, the relative said.
“She has a very swollen, bruised bloody eye and her cheek bone is broken,” the relative said. “The whole left side of her body is bruised. She’s not moving much. She has a concussion and memory loss. So all she remembers is putting her groceries in her car and being hit from behind. She said she would have given them some money if they had just asked. The thieves got less than $100.”
The relative says the Crowley woman is very independent but it’s too soon to know if she can return to the level of independence she had before.
“She never expected anything like this to happen,” the relative said. “She’s lived in Crowley for more than 50 years and has always felt safe. I don’t know if she will regain that same sense of safety.”
Burleson police said in another Facebook post that they have heard other people voice concerns for their safety while shopping in that area. Police said in comparison to the same time last year, the number of car burglaries has increased from four to seven while robberies and business break-ins have both doubled.
Police asked everyone to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.