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Elderly armed robbery victim suffers heart attack

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POSTED July 27, 2012 1:30 a.m.

The elderly victim of an armed robbery in her garage Tuesday morning suffered a heart attack in her home after the emergency responders had left her Treasure Lane residence

The ambulance that responded to the scene at about 11 a.m. was called back to her home about an hour later according to her husband. She was transported to Kaiser’s Manteca Hospital and later to a Kaiser facility in Stockton where she was kept for two days being released on Thursday.

The robbery suspect has not been apprehended after putting a hand gun in the 78-year-old woman’s face and ripping her purse and a bag of groceries out of her arms before striking her in the right shoulder as she was getting out of her car in a darkened garage.

Her husband said Thursday afternoon that he was inside their home when the robbery took place. He said he was shocked to see her so frightened that she was unable to talk to him about what had happened.  Medics initially worked with her for more than 30 minutes outside her home attempting to help her calm herself as she appeared to be in a state of shock from the attack.

The man said to be in his early to mid 20s was last seen running up Treasure Lane after the robbery, losing his black baseball cap near the sidewalk of the home.  A police canine was given the scent from the hat and an officer worked with the dog in an effort to track the thief with no results.

The Manteca woman had gone to a market on Yosemite Avenue near Union Road to do her grocery shopping about 10:30 a.m.  The gunman is believed to have seen her there and then followed her car home, possibly parking around the corner, and running into the garage on foot with his gun in hand.

The woman’s home is located north of Wawona Avenue and east of Airport Way.

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