Toronto police say an 82-year-old woman and her 70-year-old neighbour were assaulted after a man gained entry to the woman's apartment by offering to help carry items inside.

On Sunday at about 1:45 pm. The woman was walking to her apartment building in the Dundas Street East and Sherbourne Street area when a man followed her through the lobby doors.

Once inside the building, the man approached the woman and offered to help carry her items inside.

Police say the man demanded cash, then grabbed the woman's purse and tried to flee. When she resisted, the man "used force against her," according to police. She suffered injuries that required hospitalization.

A 70-year-old neighbour heard the commotion and tried to help. He was assaulted after trying to hold the man for police.

The man was eventually held down by several other neighbours who also came to help.

Police arrested a 52-year-old Toronto man who now faces the following charges:

  • Robbery.
  • Assault causing bodily harm.
  • Mischief under $5,000.
  • Assault.