Elderly woman attacked by purse snatcher after Easter service

Ithaca police say an 88-year-old woman was knocked down and her purse was stolen as she walked home from church on Sunday afternoon. The suspects are still at large.

A statement from the Ithaca Police Department says the woman was walking on the 200 block of South Geneva Street at about 12:10pm when someone grabbed her purse from behind. When she struggled with her attacker, the attacker pushed her to the ground.

Police say the purse strap broke in the struggle, and the attacker took the purse, leapt into a vehicle, and fled the scene. Witnesses rushed to the victim’s assistance. Police say the woman had minor injuries that were treated on the scene.

A police officer who happened on the scene relayed suspect and vehicle descriptions to other officers, who responded but were unable to locate the suspects.

According to IPD, the attacker was a black, heavy-set woman, possibly in her 30s, last seen wearing light colored clothing, and the vehicle’s driver was a black male.

Witnesses say the vehicle was a small sedan or SUV, grey or white in color. The suspects were last seen driving north on South Geneva street and turning left onto West Green Street, driving the wrong way on the one-way street.

IPD asks that anyone who might know more about the incident, or with other information that might aid their investigation, contact them through police dispatch at 607-272-3245, the administration line at 607-272-9973, the Crimestoppers Tipline at 607-697-0333, or the anonymous online tip form.

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