Five young men pulled an 89-year-old woman from her car at a Northeast Baltimore supermarket parking lot yesterday afternoon, threw her to the ground and stole her 1990 Buick Century, city police said.
Mabel Louise Emrick, who has lived in the Waverly neighborhood for more than 60 years, said she had pulled into the Superfresh parking lot at 609 Gorsuch Ave. about 1:45 p.m. when the men approached the car.
"They said, 'Get out of the car and leave your keys in there,' " Mrs. Emrick said. "They waited until I got out, and they pulled me down. I started yelling."
The men, who appeared to be in their 20s, drove off in the Buick, leaving Mrs. Emrick on the ground. She had skinned both knees but had no other injuries and declined transportation to the hospital.
Police said the car was still missing last night. The crime has left its mark on Mrs. Emrick, a former secretary who worked downtown and remembers Baltimore in less crime-troubled days.
"I've never seen a time like this. It's awful," she said. "I'm really shook up. I'm thinking about leaving the neighborhood."
Mrs. Emrick said she was robbed on the street last week shortly after leaving a bank in the 3300 block of Greenmount Ave.
An unidentified man snatched her purse and eyeglasses, then ** ran, she said.
She also said someone stole flowers off the porch of her home earlier this year.
"I've been here since I was 20 years old. I had never had any trouble before," Mrs. Emrick said.