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Metro says elderly targeted in series of violent robberies

Metro Lt. Scott Williams displays two photos Thursday, July 25, 2013, that are connected to recent robberies targeting the elderly. (Marvin Clemons |
Metro Lt. Scott Williams displays two photos Thursday, July 25, 2013, that are connected to recent robberies targeting the elderly. (Marvin Clemons |
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Updated: 7/25/2013 3:50 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV – Metro is warning Las Vegas valley residents, especially the elderly, to be aware of their surroundings as detectives investigate a string of at least 10 robberies that appear to becoming more violent.

Since July 4, there have been at least 10 victims from all parts of the valley who have been robbed and/or injured, including a 79-year-old man who was robbed of $800 in cash and suffered a severe wound in the leg when he was thrown to the ground on Wednesday evening.

“They appear to be preying on the elderly in the valley,” said Lt. William Scott of Metro’s Robbery Section. “The victims have been followed to their homes and as they exit their vehicles to go into their garages they are attacked.”

The common denominator is it is usually one or two black males, 25 to 35 years old, who follow their victims from places such as a store or a casino, and wait for them to exit their vehicles at their homes.

That is when the victims, ages 40 to 87, are being attacked and pushed to the ground, and the suspects grab anything of value: necklaces, wallets and cash.

Williams also says there may be multiple groups involved, describing it as a “pickup basketball game.”

Williams said it is possible that there is more than one group involved in the robberies.

Metro’s concern is that the crimes are getting more violent. One person has been pistol-whipped; another was shot at, with a bullet going through a car window.

Metro advises the public that if you believe you are being followed, divert your path and call either 3-1-1 or 9-1-1 to get help.

Metro said it knows of 10 crimes and is working with North Las Vegas police on another case that may be connected.

People with any information on the case should call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555.
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