Police: 63-year-old woman attacked at knife point, robbed while getting groceries

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Police are looking for a woman who held a knife and robbed a 63-year-old woman walking with groceries in Highland Heights.

It happened Saturday afternoon around 3:30 near Highland and Bowen.

The victim told police a woman wearing turquoise sweatpants approached her asking for a cigarette.

Police said the stranger then ran to her car, grabbed a knife, charged the 63-year-old and knocked her to the ground.

The victim said the stranger took her purse with food stamps, an AARP and PayPal card, and $5.50 in cash.

She even grabbed the $20 worth of groceries she just bought.

Folks in the area were unnerved when they heard about the crime.

"I feel like we are living in the last days. I really have been seeing it all. It doesn't surprise me," said Adrian Jeffries.

Jeffries said he's trying to explain the crime to his young kids, who he said just witnessed the end of a robbery a few days ago.

"I had my kids with me and they just robbed Family Dollar. You really can't dodge it," he said.

He and others said they will remain on guard.

The victim said her attacker got away in a turquoise van.

Police combed the area right after it happened, but have yet to find the suspect.

If you can help, call CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH.


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