Sacto 9-1-1
April 22, 2013
Sacramento police investigate robberies targeting seniors

The Sacramento Police Department is investigating two strong-arm robberies on Lemon Hill Avenue that targeted senior citizens.

The first occurred about 1:55 p.m. Feb. 18 as an 84-year-old man was walking on Lemon Hill Avenue. He was approached by a man who asked for change. After receiving the change, the man demanded all the victim's money and physically went through the victim's pockets, according to a Police Department news release.

The suspect then ran and got into a waiting vehicle driven by a second suspect.

The primary suspect was described as an African American man in his 20s, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, with a medium build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a blue sweater underneath. The second suspect was described only as an African American man with dreadlocks.

The second incident occurred about 9:40 a.m. April 12. Police said an elderly man was walking west on Lemon Hill Avenue toward Stockton Boulevard. Police said the suspect ran from a parked vehicle and punched the victim in the face, knocking him to the ground. The suspect then stole the victim's watch, ran back to his car and drove off.

The suspect was described as a light-skinned African American man in his 20s, 5 feet, 11 inches tall, and weighing 220 pounds. He reportedly had a muscular build and shoulder-length dreadlocks.

Police remind people to be aware of their surroundings and to report any suspicious activity.

Anyone with information about either of the robberies is asked to call the Police Department's communication center at (916) 264-5471, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357, or text a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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