Octogenarian Targeted In Robbery At West Seattle Target

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee April 21, 2010

Seattle police are on the lookout for a woman suspected for robbing a woman in her mid-80s in the parking lot of the West Seattle Target store earlier this month. Police are also investigating whether the female suspect may be connected to other recent robberies in West Seattle.

In this most recent incident, the victim—who, according to the police report, was born in 1925—was sitting sitting in her car, parked in a handicapped spot on the south side of Target at about 3:45 on April 12th, when a woman approached her and asked for directions to the Southwest Community Center.

The victim told the woman she didn't know, and the suspect when back to a white Dodge Caravan—which was blocking the victim's car in—grabbed a pamphlet, handed handed it to the victim, and again asked for her help.

When the victim started reading the pamphlet, the suspect opened up the victim's passenger door and stole her purse.

The suspect ran to her minivan and climbed into the passenger seat. The van then sped off and the victim called police from a nearby bank.

According to the report, surveillance footage taken in the Target parking lot shows the suspect's van circling the victim's vehicle several times while she sat in the parking lot before the robbery.

Although the report doesn't include many details about the suspect—she is described as a white female, 30-40 years old, 5'2, 150lbs with dark hair—but police are investigating whether she might also be connected to a similar incident on March 31st, in which the robber used had a similar m.o. and drove a white Dodge Caravan.

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