Elderly woman robbed outside community center

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 21, 2015) -- An elderly woman was robbed in broad daylight outside a community center on the near east side.

It happened Monday afternoon in the parking lot across from John H. Boner center on East 10th Street. Officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) say the 95-year-old woman was sitting in her daughter's car while her daughter was receiving services inside the center.

A man in his 60s approached the woman in her car. He told her, "You know I love you." He then handed her a newspaper and asked her if she had any money. Police say she told him she didn't have any money and the crime took a violent turn.

“Grabbed her, after to talking to her for a few seconds, reached inside her purse and took off with some of her belongings," said IMPD Officer Rafael Diaz.

The man grabbed the woman's arm so hard, it swelled and left a large bruise. She was treated at the scene.

Police say the man took off with her identification, social security card, insurance cards and checkbook. Police believe she may have been targeted because she's elderly.

“These are senior citizens that we should protect, not take advantage of," Diaz said.

The robbery happened in the parking lot of a community center that offers services to those who are in need of financial help. John H. Boner Department Director Dean Johns says the attack was an unfortunate situation and keeping customers and senior citizens safe is their top priority.

"What we want to do is make sure that our neighbors, and those passing through, know that we’re here to support them in moving and improving the quality of their life, so as they don’t feel that they have to depend on the criminal activity to survive," Johns said.

Johns says the facilities are secure and there's security cameras outside the entrances. The cameras did not capture the robbery on tape.

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