91-year-old robbed, attacked in her driveway - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

91-year-old robbed, attacked in her driveway

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Memphis police are looking for a man they believe is responsible for pepper-spraying, and then robbing a 91-year-old woman in her driveway.

The woman has lived in her home in the neighborhood near McLean Boulevard and Jackson Avenue for decades, but this is the first time she said she has been the victim of a crime. 

"1954, in this house," she said.

After all of these years living in her home on Mignon Avenue, she said she will not be pushed out of it by being the victim of crime.

"It's a nice neighborhood. That's why I like it here and want to stay here," she said.

The woman said her children wanted her to move since she has been robbed, but she said she is staying in her home.

Police said the suspect snatched her purse, injured her wrist, and pepper sprayed her.

"Sprayed, yeah, that stuff they do in your face," she said.

The woman said she believed the person responsible thought she was an easy target.

"Probably so, and I was probably just out there and they came by and saw me. That's all I know," she said.

The suspected crook was caught on camera outside a convenience store. Police released several photos of him in hopes of making an arrest.

They said he is known to panhandle in the same neighborhood where he is accused of pepper-spraying the 91-year-old.

The suspect is believed to be in his 20s and often wears a raincoat and ball cap. 

Call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH if you know who he is.

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