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Woman, 75, in serious condition after attempted purse snatching at Tacoma Mall

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on May 30, 2012 at 4:42 pm with 18 Comments »
May 30, 2012 6:21 pm

A 75-year-old Edgewood woman is in serious condition with a head injury after being knocked to the ground Monday during an attempted purse snatching, Tacoma police reported.

As the victim left the Nordstrom store at the Tacoma Mall just after 2 p.m. and walked to her car, a woman approached her, tried to grab her purse and knocked her to the ground.

The victim has not regained consciousness and is listed in serious condition at St. Joseph Hospital.

“It’s just wait, watch and see now,” said the victim’s daughter, Suzanne Yanak. “We’re worried but she’s a fighter.”

She thinks her mom was possibly shopping for a bridal shower or wedding gift. The would-be thief did not get away with the victim’s purse or bags full of new dishes.

The suspect is described as a black woman about 18-25 years old, 5 foot 9 with a thin build. She had her hair in a ponytail and was wearing a dark jacket, jeans and either glasses or sunglasses.

Anyone with information is asked to call Tacoma-Pierce County Crime Stoppers at 253-591-5959.

Leave a comment Comments → 18
  1. JimmyJames says:

    Man’o man. What scum is out there.

  2. nonstopjoe says:

    I wonder why nearby shoppers did nothing – assuming there were some.

  3. tree_guy says:

    Old people want to be independent and this is good. But these folks are also frequently targeted for this sort of crime. Wouldn’t it be better if they went shopping with one of their children as an escort? The perpetrators of these crimes are just like hyenas, they are looking for the most vulnerable looking victims. Grandma…that’s you.

  4. whatthehell says:

    can you describe the victim..? nah..we pretty much know..

  5. Well if you pretty much know turn them in & do the right thing it could of been your Grandma or Mother.

  6. Tacoma is like becomming the Wild Wild West.

  7. Tummler says:

    One could only wish Tacoma was becoming like the “Wild” West…

  8. MJ2YOUNG says:

    Tacoma is not like it used to be. People now do not feel safe walking, even to the Mall. I am sure the Tacoma Mall has security camera’s in the parking areas. It will help catch the young black female that tried to steal from the 75 year old woman. Maybe the Mall needs more security patrols on bikes to help stop crime around the Mall.

  9. OutSydeDog says:

    Having lived here in Tacoma for over 30 years, this is not the first time I’ve heard of some poor soul being robbed at the Tacoma Mall. Now, as then, personal safety is in your hands. If it don’t feel safe, don’t go…wait and walk with a group, or ask for security escort. You are responsible for you. I pray this woman recovers and the criminal is caught and punished.

  10. onetuffgrandma says:

    Wow, the Trib actually described her as “black.” Was that so hard?

  11. When the city said they cleaned up the Hill Top they mean they moved the problem over to 38th and Pine. They have solved nothing only moved the problem closer to the shopping center

  12. Chippert says:

    This is the second purse snatching that has resulted in serious injury to a senior citizen in the past couple of months. The other was at the Fred Meyer store at 72nd and Pacific. If you know (or suspect) of someone who is preying on these vulnerable old people, do yourself a favor and turn them in. It could be your own grandmother (or mother) who is the next victim on life support.

  13. georgerosie4u says:

    Tree-guy: I agree that the elder, including myself, are victims to these low life folks in our society. However, us old folk/seniors are not wanting to burden others, as the friends, our children, including grand-kids have jobs and lives of their own. I hope and pray for this family, that the Mother, Grandmother, etc. will eventually recover. This is so sad, and to think she was trying to do a special deed for someone else at the time. She has to be a “fighter”, the pert didn’t get the purse! Lets hope that the “dirt bag” is found and punished!

  14. rosehaven says:

    Pray for this injured lady everyday, as it takes some time for her head to heal from this traumatic injury.

    It sounds like they have a fair discription of the woman who hit her & though she’s avoided capture this time, security will be watching.

    Many of the employees who close up the stores, walk together going to their cars, as they are safer in numbers. Sometimes I’ve also seen a police car near at closing time, but this bold attack was mid-afternoon.


  15. cheetah says:

    We are really sinking fast in this country. Everywhere, there is more violence and depravity.

    I’m worried for us all. We the people (goverment) need to take control of things better. This means all of us!!

    Not to blame certain groups or political parties…but to get involved in the process. Whether it is volunteering to help youth or to push initiatives for more severe punishment when these types of crimes are committed.

    I just returned from New York State and there is a lot of violence there too. Thugs with no morals and access to guns everywhere!!!

  16. DEKOVEN says:

    Hopefully the police can lift some prints off of the purse; maybe acquire some DNA from the low-life. There’s a good chance that someone who strong-arms others have already got their prints on record.

  17. interWOLFone says:

    ” Thugs with no morals and access to guns everywhere!!! ”

    Pretty much covers every State in this nation…regardless of how strict their firearm control policies and laws are. Why? Because criminals don’t care about laws, and they can always get their firearms on the black market.

  18. AriesTrouble says:

    Listen criminals! Smart elderly people do not carry much money on them; so why attack them? Karma will bite you for what you did to this poor defenseless woman. As for my family members; believe me, we will purchase pepper spray and tasers to protect our family and ensure no one is alone shopping! I pray for this woman to heal from her injuries and come back to her family. As for the criminal whether or not you are caught by the authorities; you will receive your judgement day! We may not get to see it, but you will be punished for what you did to this innocent woman. As for the family of this injured woman I pray she heals and comes back to you!

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