Video released in mugging of 88-year-old woman

By SEAN EMERY / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

TUSTIN – Investigators are searching for a person of interest in the mugging of an 88-year-old woman returning home from a bank withdrawal, Sheriffs Department officials said Wednesday.

Authorities have released surveillance videos and a photo of a man seen at a bank branch at Newport Avenue and Irvine Boulevard on Nov. 22, where Roberta Alston withdrew $2,400 before the robbery and beating.

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Sheriffs are searching for a “person of interest” in the mugging of an 88-year-old woman.
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Alston reportedly placed the money into an envelope and drove to her home in unincorporated Tustin.

As she opened the gate to her courtyard, she was struck on the head from behind and knocked to the pavement, Orange County Sheriff’s Department officials said.

The robber or robbers went through her purse and took out the envelope containing the money before fleeing. Authorities say one to three men may have been involved in the mugging.

Alston, a retired medical technologist, sustained a fracture under her eye and on her wrist, needed stitches to sew up her lip and had a bump on her head, authorities said.

She was treated at a hospital and released in time to join her family for a Thanksgiving dinner.

Authorities have not said whether the man in the surveillance footage had any role in the robbery, describing him only as a person of interest in the case.

They described him as a clean-cut Hispanic man, about 5-foot-6, 150 pounds with short black hair, who was wearing dark pants, a gray sweat shirt with three dark stripes on the sleeves and a horizontal dark stripe on the chest, as well as a shirt with a collar under the sweat shirt.

Sheriff’s Department officials are asking anyone who recognizes the man or who has any information about the case to call investigator D. Bloom at 7714-647-7064 or Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1-855-TIP-OCCS.

 

Staff writer Vik Jolly contributed to this report.

 

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