81-Year-Old Woman Rams Fleeing Purse Snatchers With Car

Next time, think twice before trying to rob the elderly
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 18, 2016 6:05 PM CST
81-Year-Old Woman Rams Fleeing Purse Snatchers With Car
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Police say an 81-year-old Pennsylvania woman chased down robbers who stole her purse, rammed their car with hers, and left damage that helped officers apprehend them, the AP reports. The woman was sitting in her car in her Mount Pocono driveway on Tuesday when she was approached by a man and woman. As she talked to them through an open window, one grabbed her purse and they fled in a car. Pocono Mountain Regional Police say the woman took off after them and hit their car, but the duo drove off.

Officers found the suspects' damaged car in a grocery store parking lot. William Hayhurst, 34, and Erin Vanmatre, 30, were arrested and arraigned Wednesday on robbery and other charges. Police say the suspects targeted the woman after seeing her with cash at a pharmacy. (More robbery stories.)

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