UPDATED at 11:20 a.m.
Tacoma police are releasing new surveillance images in hopes of finding the man who pushed down and snatched the purse of a 90-year-old woman in a South End parking lot last month.
The images show a man using one of the victim’s stolen credit cards at a gas station at East 74th Street and McKinley Avenue minutes after the robbery. Police say the man is filling up the getaway vehicle from the April 3 attack.
According to Tacoma police, the elderly woman was walking to her car shortly after 5 p.m. April 3 in the parking lot of Fred Meyer at 7250 Pacific Ave.
A man got out of the passenger’s side of a vehicle that pulled up nearby, attacked the woman and grabbed her purse. He then returned to the vehicle, which sped out of the parking lot.
The woman was pushed to the ground and suffered significant injuries.
The man seen in the newly-released surveillance images is suspected of fraudulently using the victim’s credit cards, Tacoma police say. He may also have been driving the SUV during the robbery.
Investigators have said they believe the suspect is 5 feet, 10 inches to 6 feet tall but couldn’t tell much more. The vehicle was described as a white, 1990s Ford Explorer.
Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $1,000 for information leading to arrests and charges filed in the incidents. Tipsters may remain anonymous. Reach Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959.