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Women attacked, robbed outside Northgate Mall in Durham

Posted December 12, 2014

— Two women were attacked during a robbery Thursday evening outside Northgate Mall in Durham, police said.

A spokeswoman with Durham police said the women, ages 55 and 71, were getting into their car in the parking lot when two men approached and tried to steal their purses.

Police said the men knocked both women to the ground and punched the younger woman in the face during a struggle. They took one purse, which contained cash, credit cards and a phone.

“I was with an elderly family member (so) they thought we were easy targets,” said the younger victim, who asked not to be identified.

“When I was helping her get into our vehicle, they came up behind me and grabbed my purse first, or attempted to grab it. But I hold onto it,” she said. “They pushed me to the ground.”

The descriptions of the men were vague. They were described only as young and wearing hooded jackets.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-683-1200. Crime Stoppers pays cash for tips leading to arrests, and callers may remain confidential.


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  • Roland Kandalbar Dec 12, 2014
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    many parts of North Durham are cool. nice people, long time durhamites, mind their own business kind of people.

    to your second question: they might be charged, all depends.

  • iron fist Dec 12, 2014

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    Or Raleigh, Cary or any other city in the United States its not just Durham

  • whatdidusay Dec 12, 2014

    Hooded jackets? That's all the description that is needed.

  • mypointofview2 Dec 12, 2014

    I don't like North Durham. Question if the women had a gun and shot the robber would they be charged?

  • cjw6105 Dec 12, 2014

    This is precisely why so many people are buying guns and carrying them.

  • ncprr1 Dec 12, 2014

    Don't bother calling those mean ol' po-lease
    everyone else seems to know how to handle these guys better.

  • lost in translation Dec 12, 2014

    Stop the nonsense and give us all a real description. For all we know it could have been the Lion on the Wizard of Oz.

  • nonPC Dec 12, 2014

    Surprise surprise

  • LetsBeFair Dec 12, 2014

    hoodies? ... well, everyone in durham is now a suspect.

  • foodstamptrader Dec 12, 2014

    What "man" punches a 55 YO woman in the face to steal her purse? Good grief....