Police Search For Man Who Offered Help, Then Robbed Elderly Woman

Detroit police are looking to identify this man, who first offered to help an elderly woman and then snatched her purse. (Police handout photo)

Detroit police are looking to identify this man, who first offered to help an elderly woman and then snatched her purse. (Police handout photo)

DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit police are searching for a man who offered to help an elderly woman, and then robbed her.

The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. on Easter Sunday at a gas station in the 20000 block of Mound Road, near Outer Drive on the city’s northeast side.

According to police, the 83-year-old woman exited the gas station and was approached by the suspect, who asked her if she needed help.

Police say the suspect began pouring anti-freeze in the woman’s vehicle and as she turned away, the suspect grabbed the woman’s purse, which was on her left shoulder, and escaped in a white vehicle.

The suspect is described as a black male with a medium complexion, approximately 20-years-old, 5’4″ tall and 180 lbs.

Anyone with information on the incident or the suspect is urged to contact police at 313-596-1140 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP.

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