Updated: Suspect Allegedly Robs 77-year-old Woman who Offered Help

Updated: 12/17/2013 12:41 AM
Created: 12/17/2013 12:25 AM

A 19-year-old woman was arrested Saturday after Duluth police say she robbed an elderly woman who gave her a ride.

Around 2 p.m., police say the suspect asked the 77-year-old woman for a ride from the Hermantown Walmart to West Duluth. The suspect reportedly offered the victim money for the ride, saying that she and her 2-year-old son were stranded. Police say the victim felt bad that the young child was out in the cold, and offered to give the boy and woman a ride for free.

The 77-year-old drove the suspect to 66th Avenue West and Polk Street, and when they arrived, the suspect allegedly pulled the victim from the car and threw her on the ground. Police say the suspect then stole the woman’s car with her purse and other possessions still inside.

The suspect and stolen vehicle were located a short time later. Police say she was found to be in possession of the victim’s credit cards and cell phone.

The suspect was brought to the St. Louis County Jail for 1st Degree Aggravated, Auto Theft, and Child Endangerment.

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