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Posted on Fri, Dec 2, 2011 : 6:36 p.m.

Robber targeted senior citizen leaving convenience store

By Paula Gardner

A thief preyed on an elderly Ypsilanti Township resident on Friday morning as the man was coming home from a convenience store, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office.

The victim told police that he was shopping at a convenience store near Ford Boulevard and Holmes Road in the northeast section of the township at around 10 a.m. Friday.

Twice, he said, a man made contact with him.

Then, as he was returning to his home on Clark Road, the suspect ran up and took his money.

"It is believed that the suspect first observed the victim at the store and then followed him to his residence," according to a sheriff's news release.

The suspect left the scene in a small, maroon SUV.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the WCSO confidential tip line 973-7711.



Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 12:15 p.m.

Engineer has it right a " lead pill " is the solution to the vermin problem...street scum know the rules " if your gonna play your gonna pay " just need more prepaired citizens to enfore the credo of street law...they put pictures of missing kids all over ..we need to do that with known felons as well, just to let them know were watching...


Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 1:31 p.m.

I happen to be an elderly person myself. I've occasionally thought of learning to shoot a gun. However, given my questionable skills in driving a car, I don't know that I would be a responsible citizen with a gun. With my luck, I would probably miss hitting the bad guy and instead kill a poor, hapless person who got caught in the cross-fire. So, rest assured, y'all are a lot safer cuz I'm not packing. Mm-m, maybe I'll take karate lessons instead.


Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 3:31 a.m.

My sympathy is strong for this victim. I'm 66 and have been targeted a few times by harassers and one guy who followed me for a couple of blocks in downtown AA. Because of this series of incidents, I now am licensed (again after years) to carry a concealed handgun and I'm never without my cell phone and pepper spray. Sick? Yes, that describes those who take the attitude of a predator of (apparently) weaker people. My approach so far is to be "intolerant" of strangers who try to approach too closely and I react promptly by either putting distance between myself and them and/or issuing a loud, angry warning while reaching for my cell phone. I have not yet been in a situation where an attack is actually underway so I've not had to resort to my Glock. I take my duty as a defender seriously - it's not that great a burden, it's a responsible way to live. I seek advice and training from law enforcement and professional trainers (having a long history of this). It's a "different world" but not in a negative way: being capable gives greater confidence and adds to self respect and to respect for those who are working to keep us and our loved ones safe. To the victim in this story I say: I'm truly sorry this happened to you. My wish for you is that you never have to walk in fear and that you find ways to protect yourself.


Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 10:16 a.m.

Amen brother! And now i will make room for the sheeple calling you Rambo or paranoid....


Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 3:19 a.m.

It is too bad the elderly resident was not carrying. A small dose of lead does wonders for those thinking it is ok to steal. It even helps their buddies think twice about pulling such an immoral stunt. We should supply the elderly with handguns, ammo, and training. Punks would be fewer!


Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 12:12 a.m.

Targeting an old man...sick. I hope someone turns him in, but I suppose not likely.


Mon, Dec 5, 2011 : 6:06 p.m.

yes and those guys are less likely to strong arm the elderly than bilk them out of their life savings... When they get caught they go to the country club prisons not the finishing schools thugs like this go to.


Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 12:32 p.m.

Ricebrnr, plenty of so called "educated" people are criminals.


Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 10:19 a.m.

Yep! This is what happens when you don't study and apply yourself in school. Lack of education is sad.


Sat, Dec 3, 2011 : 12:51 a.m.

I couldn't agree more. Big bad man, targeting an elderly person. Good grief. He probably does it to make himself feel better for his other...shortcomings.