Elderly Woman Injured in Mugging for Cash and Rosary
Police say 87-year-old woman's shoulder was dislocated when she was knocked to ground by the mugger.
An elderly woman was injured after being mugged for her rosary and some change during a purse snatching on March 30.
Oak Lawn police received a call of an 87-year-old woman lying on the ground on near 97th Street and Keeler Avenue and a man running from the scene around 3:25 p.m. Police found her standing up near her car with asphalt in her hair.
The woman said she was preparing to unload groceries from her car trunk when a man suddenly snatched her purse from her hand, causing her to fall to the ground.
Police said the elderly woman wasn’t able to give much of a description because the mugger approached her from behind and it happened too fast. The woman was scraped up and her glasses were also damaged.
The purse contained the elderly victim driver’s license, social security card, car and house keys, $100 cash and a rosary. She described her assailant to police as a male black between 16 and 25, with a slim build.
A neighbor standing out on the balcony of his condominium told police he witnessed the incident through the courtyard. The neighbor said he had never seen the man before. All he could tell police was that he was wearing a dark blue or black hooded sweatshirt. The man also had his hair cut short.
Oak Lawn and Alsip police, along with police dogs, searched the area but couldn’t find the man.
The woman complained of pain in her left shoulder and she was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital. Oak Lawn police stayed with the woman during treatment, where it was determined she had a dislocated shoulder.
She was treated and released. The police officer drove her home and assisted her into her building.
The next day, police delivered a medical prescription from the hospital to the elderly victim. The village was also assisting the woman in changing the locks on her condominium unit.