Purse-snatcher wanted for attack on 85-year-old woman outside Highlands Kroger, LMPD says
Police released surveillance video from the incident, which shows the 85-year-old woman pushing a cart, seemingly unaware of the danger lurking nearby. The suspect is still on the loose.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Ten seconds changed the life of an 85-year-old woman on a trip to the grocery store.
Police say a crook attacked as she returned to her car from the Kroger on Bardstown Road in the Highlands, stole her purse and ran out of the store parking lot. She lost her ID, credit cards and a sense of security.
"She's 85 years old, and I'm sure when she decided to go to the grocery store, that she had no idea she was going to become the victim of a crime," Louisville Metro Police spokesman Lamont Washington said. "Nobody walks out the door and expects this to happen to them."
The incident was caught on store security footage just before 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, at the Kroger at 2440 Bardstown Road.
In the video, the 85-year-old woman can be seen pushing a cart, seemingly unaware of the danger lurking nearby. The suspect is walking slightly behind the elderly woman in the row directly across from where her car is parked.
In the video, the suspect appears to meet the woman right as she was going to her car. Washington said he ripped her purse right off her shoulder and made off with some credit cards and her ID.
"We'd love to have a chat with this guy, and, one, find out if this is the only time he's done this," Washington said. "Criminals are creatures of habit, so I'm sure this is not the only person he's stolen a purse or a wallet or anything from."
LMPD released still pictures of the suspect from inside the Kroger store. Officers say he crept in and out of the supermarket and hung out near the entryway by the carts for several minutes before approaching his victim.
Thankfully, the elderly woman was not injured. She declined an on-camera interview.
Detectives have asked every officer in LMPD to keep a look out for the suspect. Thus far, there have been no leads. So now they're taking to social media, asking for the public's help.
"It's almost a disservice not to reach out to the 60,000 people who click 'like' on a Facebook page," Washington said. "You know, this may be their neighbor, or a friend or a family member."
Anyone who recognizes the man in the images should contact the Louisville Metro Police Department tip line at (502) 574-LMPD. Callers can remain anonymous.
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