Elderly woman targeted in 3rd Carlingwood purse snatching
Ottawa police are warning elderly people in the Carlingwood area to be vigilant after a third daylight purse snatching this month.
An 85-year-old woman had turned onto Haymarket Street from Iroquois Road at about 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, when police said a man walked behind her and grabbed her purse.
He fled through a parking garage at the Carlingwood Mall. The woman, who uses a walker to assist her, suffered some bruising on her arm but was otherwise not injured, according to Staff Sgt. Michael Harbosch with Ottawa Police robbery unit.
- On May 7, a 104-year-old woman was walking along a path in the Cleary Avenue-Richmond Road area when she was brushed by a man riding a bicycle and realized shortly after he had stolen her purse.
- On May 8, an 87-year-old woman was walking in the Prince Charles Road/Saville Row area when a man threw her to the ground, stole her purse and fled on foot, turning onto Black Friars Road. She was taken to hospital with a broken arm.
"He's targeting one of the most vulnerable sectors in our community, the elderly," he said. "They are basically defenceless... [and with the suspect] coming from behind, they don't stand a chance."
Harbosch said elderly people walking in the neighbourhood should consider taking some extra precautions, such as making a point of being more aware of their surroundings and, if possible, travelling with a second person.
Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect.
The suspect in Tuesday's incident is described as a Caucasian male, about five feet, ten inches tall, with a thin build and short dark hair. He was wearing a black shirt and black pants.
Police are asking anyone with information to either of these incidents to contact the robbery unit at 613-236-1222 ext. 5116 or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477 (TIPS) or toll free at 1-800-222-8477.