Video shows ‘disturbing’ attack on elderly woman in carjacking


Newly released video captured four suspects assaulting an elderly woman during a carjacking, and police called the footage “disturbing”. Authorities are asking for help in identifying the suspects.

“This brazen act of violence is very sick and disturbing to me and to everyone who has watched the video,” Prince George’s County Police Department Chief Malik Aziz said in a statement Thursday.

graphic video, which was released by the Prince George’s County Police Department in Maryland, begins by showing several suspects attacking an elderly woman on the ground as the woman can be heard shouting “Help me!” Police said the woman had just returned home from shopping around 6.40pm local time.

The release of the video comes days after the March 29 incident, according to police.

As the video continues, the suspects can be seen continually attacking the woman as she lies on the grass near a parking lot. Police said they told him to give them his keys.

“They searched his pockets and snatched his belongings from his hands. When the suspects took his keys, they began to flee,” police said in a news release.

One of the alleged attackers appears to remove a bag from the woman, as she is attacked by another suspect.

Towards the end of the video, the elderly woman appeared to get up and attempt to flee to a neighbor for help, according to police.

β€œAt this point, one of the fleeing suspects began to pursue her and tackled her to the ground again,” police said.

Although they initially attempted to steal the woman’s keys, the suspects eventually fled the scene without stealing her vehicle.

At a press conference on Thursday, Aziz said the victim was “in his 60s” and suffered two broken bones in the incident.

The Prince George’s County Police Department in Maryland released video Thursday showing four suspects attacking an elderly woman during an attempted carjacking. Above, a police tape hangs across the street outside a house in Park City, Kansas, February 26, 2005.
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In the press release, Aziz said, “Our older people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and not to be violently approached in our neighborhoods where we live in peace. We need the help of our community to arrest these suspects so that they can be brought to justice and held accountable for their senseless act of violence.”

Aziz also asked for the community’s help in identifying the four suspects who were seen in the video.

The Prince George’s County Police Department declined to comment further on the incident when Newsweek to reach.

A somewhat similar incident occurred in March when four New Orleans teenagers were charged with dragging an elderly woman to her death in a carjacking.




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