Police probe robberies of seniors on Lemon Hill

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2013 - 12:58 pm

The Sacramento Police Department is investigating two strong-arm robberies on Lemon Hill Avenue targeting senior citizens.

The first occurred about Feb. 18 as an 84-year-old man was walking on Lemon Hill Avenue. He was approached by a man who asked for change. After receiving the change, the man demanded all the victim's money and physically went through the victim's pockets, according to a Police Department news release. The robber ran and got into a vehicle driven by a second man.

The robber was described as an African American man in his 20s, 5 feet, 9 inches tall, of medium build. He was wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and a blue sweater underneath. The driver was described only as an African American man with dreadlocks.

The second incident occurred April 12. Police said an elderly man was walking west on Lemon Hill Avenue toward Stockton Boulevard. Police said the robber ran from a parked vehicle and punched the victim in the face, knocking him to the ground. The assailant then stole the victim's watch, ran back to his car and drove off.

The robber was described as a light-skinned African American man in his 20s, 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing 220 pounds. He reportedly had a muscular build and shoulder-length dreadlocks.

Anyone with information about either of the robberies is asked to call the Police Department's communication center at (916) 264-5471, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357, or text a tip to 274637. Enter SACTIP followed by the tip information. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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