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Woman assaulted, robbed in parking lot

April 29, 1999

HALFWAY - A 70-year-old Chewsville woman was assaulted and her purse stolen as she walked to her car in the parking lot of Valley Mall on Thursday evening, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies said a white man in his 20s, approached Lucy Young in the mall parking lot at 8:45 p.m.

He asked her if she was OK and then said he wanted her purse, deputies said.

The man pulled at the purse, knocking Young to the ground.

She sustained minor injuries, deputies said. A Washington County Hospital spokeswoman said Young had not been treated there.

Witnesses describe the man as wearing a baseball hat, shorts and a tank top, deputies said.

He may have been a passenger in a blue or dark-colored car with Pennsylvania license plates.

Anyone with information may call Deputy Richard Peacock at 301-791-3020.

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