Woman, 79, assaulted in robbery

Jul. 30, 2013 @ 05:40 PM

Thomasville police don’t often see elderly people being victims of violent robberies.
So when a 79-year-old woman was pepper-sprayed as suspects were stealing the woman’s purse on Monday, it struck a nerve.
“We are all human, and when you see or hear stuff like this, it does pull at your heartstrings a little bit,” said Detective Chet Jarrell. “Your heart goes out to the victim and their family.”
Officers responded to the parking lot of Southgate Plaza shopping center on Randolph Street at 3 p.m. after getting calls of a robbery.
When they arrived, they found a 79-year-old woman had been pepper-sprayed in the eyes and face, according to the police report.
Witnesses said two or three white females drove up in up a silver or gray sedan and attempted to take the elderly woman’s purse. When she refused, one of the females sprayed her in the face.
“We don’t often get elderly victims, thank goodness,” Jarrell said. “Even though criminals do commit robberies, I think they tend to leave the elderly alone. In the five, almost six, years that I have been in law enforcement, I can only recall two robberies that involved an elderly person.”
The woman was treated by Davidson County Emergency Medical services at the scene.
Jarrell said while the department treats all robberies serious, it is hard to overlook the age of the victim.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Thomasville Police Department at (336) 475-4260.