Police: Man robbed elderly woman of purse in her driveway


 (WPRI) — Police are investigating after a Fall River woman was robbed of her purse upon arriving home late Monday morning.

According to police, the 70-year-old woman and her 73-year-old husband were in their driveway on 2nd Street when an unknown man approached. The husband asked, “what are you doing?” to which the man replied, “nothing.”

The suspect then snatched the woman’s purse, police said. The husband tried to grab the man as he ran off but ended up falling and injuring his hand.

Eyewitnesses told police they saw the suspect standing at the edge of the victims’ driveway when the couple pulled in but lost sight of him as he entered the driveway. He’s described as a black man in his 30s wearing a black hooded jacket, blue jeans and white sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the city’s Major Crimes Division at (508) 324-2796 or leave an anonymous tip by calling (5080 672-8477.

Fall River police are also investigating a stabbing on North Main Street and a violent home invasion on Barnes Street that also occurred on Monday. Police did not indicate that any of these incidents are connected.

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