DENVER (CBS4)– Police in Denver hope surveillance footage that shows an attack suspect will help them catch him.
The man stole a 79-year-old woman’s purse after he knocked her to the ground and dragged her into the parking lot. He then used her credit cards.
It happened Nov. 21 at about 4:20 p.m. at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center as the woman was entering the Macy’s store from the parking garage. The woman was seriously injured in the attack.
“She did not release the purse right away and she was basically drug towards the parking garage where she sustained pretty significant injuries,” said Denver Police Dept. Detective John White. “It just shows that this individual is willing to do this type of thing and poses a threat.”
Surveillance video captured the man about 30 minutes later as he used the woman’s credit cards at the Glendale King Soopers and Target stores.
The man is described as Hispanic, 30-49 years old, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8 inches tall with black h air and clean shaven. He was driving a 1995-2004 silver Suzuki Grand Vitara or Chevy Tracker type small SUV with a matching silver plastic tire cover.
“Anytime something like this happens it’s always a concern for us,” said Cherry Creek Shopping Center General Manager Nick LeMasters.
The mall said they hope extra security during the holidays and vigilant shoppers will help everyone enjoy a safe shopping experience.
“Folks should always be aware of their surroundings and certaily they should be careful not to carry large sums of cash,” said LeMasters. “Whether they’re coming to visit Santa or the Ice Palace or buy that special gift for someone they care about, we want it to be a positive experience.”
Anyone with information regarding this crime or recognizes the suspect in the surveillance photo is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). You can text to CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter your message or send an e-mail to metro-denvercrimestoppers.com. If the information you provide leads to the arrest and charging of a wanted individual, you can receive a cash reward up to $2,000.