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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 |
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.

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