Suspect arrested after 95-year-old robbed on way to church
Jan 28, 2013 (The Eagle - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
A 95-year-old woman underwent surgery for a broken hip Sunday after a man assaulted her and stole her purse while she was walking to church.
Bryan police said Edna Earle Jackson was walking in the 500 block of East 28th Street around 9 a.m. Sunday when the man grabbed her purse, which contained $36.
Jaquarios Devon Neal, 20, of Bryan was charged with aggravated robbery of an elderly person, a first-degree felony.
Authorities said the woman, who also received a cut on her forehead, remained in the hospital Sunday night.
Police caught up to Neal about six blocks away, where an officer saw him throw a cellphone, according to the police report.
The phone was traced to a vehicle that had been broken into in the 600 block of East 26th Street, police said.
Security camera footage from a restaurant near where the robbery occurred, and a trail of Neal's clothing and stolen items, led police to Jackson's purse.
While officers were interviewing Neal, he said he "didn't rob any old lady," authorities said, even though officers had not revealed the age of the person who had been robbed.
A first-degree felony is punishable by 99 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Neal was also charged with burglary of a vehicle, a Class A misdemeanor punishable by a year in jail and a $4,000 fine. He was also served with a warrant from the city of Bryan.
Neal was being held in the Brazos County Jail Sunday. Bail had not been set for the robbery charge; his bail for the other two charges was $4,670.
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