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Robbery of 90-year-old woman results in arrest

December 8, 2011 | 11:42 am

Photo: Suspect sketch. Credit: KTLA-TV

Orange County sheriff’s investigators have arrested a 23-year-old Long Beach parolee in connection with the robbery of a 90-year-old woman this week.

A composite sketch of the parolee, whose name was not immediately released, was broadcast by local media Thursday morning.

Two calls came to the Orange County Crimestoppers line identifying the parolee, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. In addition, a sheriff’s investigator thought he knew the suspect from a burglary case in Sunset Beach that he’d worked a while back, Amormino said.

The parolee, who has several arrests on his record for drug violations, was apprehended at a home in Long Beach on Thursday morning, he said.

A second suspect in the robbery is still at large.

The woman had walked out of her Rossmoor home about 11 a.m. Wednesday to fetch the newspaper when two men approached her, and one of them put a gun to her neck.

They took her inside, tied her to a chair and put a towel over her face, Amormino said.

One of them stood beside her while the other man went through the house, making off with jewelry, including a ring that had been in the woman's family for almost a century, he said.

They fled and the woman pushed a Life Alert button she had around her neck. Life Alert notified deputies, who arrived and found the woman still tied to the chair.

Witnesses said they saw two men in their 20s get into a pickup truck that was parked pointing the wrong way on the street in front of the woman’s house.


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Photo: Police sketch of Rossmoor robbery suspect. Credit: KTLA-TV