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Cops looking for man who robbed woman at Senior Towers

Police said the man forced his way into the apartment at the secured facility, threatened the woman and demanded money.

Police said the man forced his way into the apartment at the secured facility, threatened the woman and demanded money.

February 26, 2003|by CANDICE BOSELY

martinsburg@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Police Tuesday were seeking a man who forced his way into a 79-year-old woman's apartment Monday night, threatened to choke or stab her and made off with her purse.

The robbery happened around 8:30 p.m. at Senior Towers, an East Stephen Street apartment-type complex for older citizens, said Detective Sgt. George Swartwood of the Martinsburg Police Department.

The woman told police that a man knocked on her door and started mumbling. Thinking he might have been locked out of his apartment, she opened her door, police said.

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The man forced his way in and demanded money. The woman gave him her purse, and the man escaped to a neighbor's apartment, Swartwood said.

A K-9 tracked the man to the nearby intersection of Water and John streets. Police had not found the purse or its contents, including cash and some personal items, Swartwood said.

Senior Towers is a secured facility and police were trying to figure out how the man got inside.

The man might have been visiting someone or propped a door open, Swartwood said.

On Tuesday, police were examining possible video footage of the man, Swartwood said.

The robber was described as a black man in his 30s or about 40 years old, who is about 5 feet 10 inches tall and stout. He was wearing dark clothes, including a bandanna, according to police.

Police ask that anyone with information call the department at 304-264-2100 or the anonymous Crime Solvers line at 304-267-4999.

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