Heartless Thief Steals Elderly Woman's Walker and Purse Before Running Off: Cops | Inside Edition

Heartless Thief Steals Elderly Woman's Walker and Purse Before Running Off: Cops

Maria Viciedo initially thought the man was trying to help her.

A home security system captured the terrifying moment an alleged thief attacked a 77-year-old Florida woman and snatched her walker out from underneath her.

Maria Viciedo, who is recovering from hip surgery, said she initially thought the man was offering to help her when he appeared in her home's driveway in the rain in Miami Monday afternoon.

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But the video, which was released by police, shows her dropping her umbrella as the suspect gets closer. But instead of lending a hand, police say he snatched her purse and walker, causing her to fall to the ground.

The footage also caught the suspect fleeing the scene in a black SUV, possibly an Isuzu Ascender.

A neighbor heard Viciedo’s yelling and came to her aid shortly after the attack.

Viciedo told WSVN that she had been on her way to the doctor because she is recovering from hip surgery.

“We’re looking for this heartless... man that left this woman completely clueless as to what happened after she hit the ground,” Miami Police Officer Kenia Fallat told the station.

Thankfully she only suffered an injury to her finger in the attack, Viciedo told WSVN. But she said the man stole her purse, which contained her cell phone and photos of her grandson's communion. 

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Authorities described the suspect as a white, possibly Hispanic man, with a slim build, between 20 and 30 years old, 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, last seen wearing a white t-shirt and black jacket.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Miami Police Department’s Robbery Unit at (305) 603-6370.

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