Robber returns scriptures, steals car during assault at church

| January 25, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY — A 90-year-old woman was assaulted and her car stolen Sunday as she was loading up her walker following her church services, police said.

The woman was leaving an LDS meetinghouse at 1445 S. 2200 East just before 4 p.m. when she was approached by a man who demanded her purse, Salt Lake police detective Pat Wilkinson said. The woman apparently told the man she didn't have a purse, so he grabbed a bag containing her scriptures.

Once the man realized what he had stolen, he went back to the woman and again demanded her purse, this time indicating that he had a weapon, Wilkinson said.

The woman repeated that she didn't have a purse. She told police the man then pushed her to the ground, causing her to sustain a cut to the back of her head. The injury was minor, Wilkinson said, and did not require hospitalization. A weapon was never seen.

The woman was loading up her walker, with the car door open, and her keys were on the front seat when she was approached by the man. After he pushed her to the ground, he stole the vehicle — a 2005 silver Buick LaCrosse with Utah license plate 934NVK.

The man is described as a white male between the ages of 45 and 50, about 5 feet 4 inches tall with a slim build and a salt-and-pepper color hair and beard.

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Category: Church Security