FREMONT -- A 70-year-old woman was seriously injured last week when someone grabbed her gold necklace in the parking lot of a local Walmart store and police are asking the public for help in tracking down her attackers.
The robbery took place Oct. 4 in front of the store at 44009 Osgood Road, said police spokeswoman Geneva Bosques.
The elderly victim was leaving the store with her family when she was approached from behind by a man who grabbed her gold chain necklace, Bosques said.
The victim attempted to hold onto her necklace as she was pulled from behind by the suspect, Bosques said. A brief struggle ensued and the attacker slammed the senior to the ground.
"He then began to drag her for a short distance until he was able to obtain a portion of her gold chain," Bosques said.
A female suspect then ran to a nearby vehicle where she waited for the suspect, Bosques said. The car was described as a silver or gray four-door Hyundai with tinted rear windows.
The male suspect got into the car and the pair drove off, Bosques said. When officers arrived they found the victim "in an extreme amount of pain." She was taken to a hospital with a serious injury that required surgery and hospitalization.
Video surveillance from the store shows the suspects stalked the victim and her family as they were shopping, Bosques said.
"The male suspect at one point even made a motion with his arms as if he is shooting the victim as his target with a rifle while he followed her," Bosques said.
Police described the first suspect as a white or light-skinned Hispanic man, age 18-25, 5-feet-7 to 5-feet-10 inches tall with a medium build and dark hair shaved short. He wore jeans and a black shirt with white-and-red writing on the front.
The second suspect was a Hispanic female, age 17-25, 5-feet-2 to 5-feet-6 inches tall with a small build and brown hair pulled into a bun or short ponytail. She wore a black hooded sweatshirt and shorts.
Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to contact Fremont police at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Investigative Unit at 510-790-6900. Anonymous tips can be left at www.fremontpolice.org/tip.
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