81-year-old woman chases fleeing robbers, rams them with car

The Associated Press

MOUNT POCONO, Pa. — Police say an 81-year-old Pennsylvania woman chased down robbers who stole her purse, ramming their car with hers and leaving damage that helped officers apprehend them.

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The woman was sitting her car in her Mount Pocono driveway on Tuesday when she was approached by a man and a woman. As she talked to them through an open window, one grabbed her purse and they fled in car.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police say she took off after them and hit the getaway car, but the duo still drove off.

Officers found their damaged car in a nearby grocery store parking lot.

The car’s occupants, 34-year-old William Hayhurst and 30-year-old Erin Vanmatre were arrested. They were arraigned Wednesday on robbery and other charges.

Police say the suspects targeted her after seeing her with cash at a pharmacy.