Robber pushes elderly woman, takes her purse


A robber pushed an elderly woman to the ground outside a senior citizens center in Columbia's Harper's Choice village Wednesday and took her purse, Howard County police said.

The Columbia woman was not seriously injured and did not require medical attention, police said.

About 8 a.m. Wednesday, the woman was walking near the Florence Bain Senior Center in the 5700 block of Harper's Farm Road when a man approached and knocked her down, police said.

Police said the robber snatched her purse -- which contained cash, credit cards and other property -- and ran.

The robber was described as a stocky black male in his midteens, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and wearing a blue jacket and black knit hat, police said.

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