An 82-year-old Oakland, California woman is in fear for her life after a pair of assailants stole her purse and then dragged her with their vehicle for a short distance, San Francisco Gate is reporting.
At about 7:00 p.m. Saturday, the elderly woman had just arrived home with her daughter and grandchild in the well-to-do Oakland neighborhood of Upper Dimond. Shortly after she stepped out of the family’s minivan, two assailants pulled up beside her in a small car. They stepped out, grabbed her purse, and attempted to drive off. The woman attempted to reach into her car to retrieve her purse, but the assailants drove off, dragging her for a few feet.
A short time later, the assailants return — they apparently didn’t know they’d committed their crime on a dead-end street and would have to turn around. In their haste to get away, they nearly ran over the elderly woman.
Little did the elderly woman’s attackers know, the entire incident was caught on a neighbor’s surveillance camera.
Brian Chavez, the neighbor whose camera caught the assault on video, tells CBS San Francisco he hopes the video will help bring the criminals to justice.
“(They’re) just people who don’t think and don’t have no compassion for anybody. I want them caught.”
The elderly victim, meanwhile, says she fears for her life because her assailants are still at large. Unable to speak English, she told a reporter in her native Mandarin that, despite her terrifying attack, she’s still grateful to be living in the U.S.
“This is the first time something like has happened.”
As of this post, Oakland police have made no arrests in the assault on the elderly woman.
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