Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)— A 74-year-old woman told police she was pushed to the ground and had her purse stolen in front of her home after returning from grocery shopping. Police say she may have been followed home from the store.
Shortly after 10 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, the victim told police she returned from the Jewel store on the corner of Western Avenue and Route 30. to her home on Farragut. As she was removing groceries from her vehicle, she was approached by a male black subject. He asked her, "Will you tell me where the church is?" She said she began telling the suspect how to get to Calvary United Presbyterian Church. Suddenly, the suspect grabbed her purse which she was holding in her right hand. She reported that he took her purse and then shoved her to the ground, causing scrapes on her nose, both hands and arms. After she was pushed to the ground, she began screaming.
Several seconds later, her neighbor ran across the street toward her and the suspect. The suspect ran west toward a waiting vehicle. He entered the passenger side of the vehicle and the vehicle left the area east on Farragut.
The suspect is described as a black male, 16 to 18 years of age, approximately 5’7” tall with a thin build. He was wearing a red and black Letterman style jacket with black leather sleeves and red designs or Chinese writing on the vest portion of the coat.
The victim advised police that she would call and cancel the stolen credit cards and was given information regarding the Attorney General’s Crime Victim Compensation Act.