Man attacks elderly woman in restaurant parking lot

August 2, 2010 11:26:25 AM PDT
Knightdale police have issued a crime alert involving an attack that happened in a restaurant parking lot Sunday afternoon.

Police are looking for a man who they say attacked an elderly woman in the parking lot of an Applebee's restaurant.

According to the victim's granddaughter, her 69-year-old grandmother was walking into Applebee's when she was attacked. The victim was with her 89-year-old mother.

The women say the suspect followed them from their car, which was parked in a handicap space, on the side of the building and around the corner toward the front door.

Before rounding the corner for the front door, the man grabbed the 69-year-old from behind, knocking her to the ground. Then he took her purse and fled. Her mother went inside for help.

The victim suffered a broken humerus. According to her granddaughter, she will have to undergo surgery. She also suffered a cut above her eye, which required stitches.

The victim's mother was not injured.

The suspect got into an older model Ford Ranger that was waiting in the parking lot. The pickup truck is blue or green in color and has heavy damage to the rear of the vehicle. The vehicle was last seen traveling east on Knightdale Blvd.

A Knightdale public safety officer saw a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle and tried to pull it over. The officer pursued the vehicle until the intersection of New Hope and Buffaloe roads but decided to back off after determining the pursuit was too dangerous to continue.

Anyone with information about the robbery can call the Knightdale Police Department at (919) 217-2261.

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