Man Attempts to Rob Elderly Woman in Grosse Pointe Park

Woman was walking home Sunday morning and was confronted by a man demanding money.

Grosse Pointe Park police are looking for a man who reportedly followed an elderly woman into her backyard and attempted to rob her as she walked home on Sunday morning.

According to a police report, the woman was returning from buying a Sunday paper at about 10:45 a.m. when a man approached her in the 1100 block of Wayburn near her home.

The man followed the woman into her backyard where he demanded money and searched her pockets, the report said.

When the woman tried to yell for help, he covered her mouth but then ran off on foot without getting anything, the report said.

Grosse Pointe Park Chief David Hiller said Monday that police searched the immediate area both in Grosse Pointe Park and the neighboring Detroit area but did not find the man.

Police have described the man as a black male who is tall, thin and clean cut.

No arrests have been made and an investigation continues. Anyone with information regarding this investigation can contact the Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Department at 313-822-7400.

John Chronos October 16, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Since the guy who robbed the two girls last month was 220 - 230 lbs, this must be a different gentleman who has taken to gracing the Park with his charming presence. Given the MO of preying upon the elderly, though, perhaps the same guy who robbed the senior citizens across from the Defer Elementary School playground a few days later? By the way, I never did see that either of those guys were caught. Maybe rather than "searching the immediate area" as these robberies become common occurence, Chief Hiller should invest in comparing the relative benefits of an ounce of prevention and a pound of cure.
Steve October 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Nixle: Hear no evil, see no evil, read no evil.
Todd October 16, 2012 at 01:59 PM
So, children and elderly people are being robbed in broad daylight now? There have been multiple reports. Not a single statement from GPPPD? No action plan, response, or even general interest? I dare any of the municipal wonks to play budget politics with this. GET IN FRONT OF THIS OR WE WILL VOTE WITH OUR FEET!!!
GP For Life October 16, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Until we, as GP'ers, step up the pressure on our public servants to squash this growing intrusion of skullduggery into our bubble of tranquility. Basically, we need to empower the cop on the street to keep our community safe.
Steve October 16, 2012 at 03:37 PM
It would be cool if there were a site that listed stolen cars (description, plate, unique damage stickers, etc...) and wanted individuals from across the Points and Harper Woods. I think I would feel like I would be helping keep my community safe if I knew what/who the police were looking for.
Katie October 16, 2012 at 04:22 PM
They won't publish too much intel. It will kill the real estate market and bubble.
Bradley Coopersmith October 16, 2012 at 04:40 PM
I think the scariest part of these events is that they all have occurred during the day. The old lady, the two little girls and the elderly couple were all robbed in during the day. That's pretty crazy. But then again when no nixle alerts go out and our police presence is busy writing speeding tickets, I guess it's easy pickings.
John October 16, 2012 at 04:49 PM
It's is time to empower yourselves. Obtain your Concealed Pistol License and arm yourself as is your right. The cops can't be everywhere and it is unrealistic to expect them to be.
Blake October 16, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Someone soon is going to get physically hurt. Then something might get done. We've been very lucky so far. Very lucky.
Chris K October 17, 2012 at 01:27 AM
John: Great idea! I think we should start offering the classes at the War Memorial. GP For LIfe: We keep complaining about the need to step up the pressure but we don't act. So what do we do to get serious about this? How do we organize to get this done? There are 5 Pointes with entrenched leadership that are adept at dividing and wearing citizens down.
Chris K October 17, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Steve: I think that is called NIXLE. You can sign up for each of the Pointes and Harper Woods. What you will quickly find is that some of the Pointes use this to advertise leaf pick up times. If you are saying we need to get a blog here on Patch, or elsewhere, it is a good idea but I really think the departments should keep us informed. I have posted repeatedly that we should have the police chiefs do crime reports on the War Memorial channel.. that apparently is not enough. Anyone know a good Grosse Pointe mayor or council that could address this?
GP For Life October 17, 2012 at 12:42 PM
CCW? Pffft. I roll open carry. HK USP .45 Compact. I call her the attitude adjuster. Chris, I am pretty sure you need to have the classes at a range. I know to get a CCW you have to spend some time on the range. Though, I would full support a public range, in say, the basement of the War Memorial. Pretty sure I would be in the minority on that issue.
John October 17, 2012 at 01:22 PM
These are all great comments. Bradley, I can safely say that 99% of cops do not like writing tickets. It reflects negatively on us and is rarely a positive experience for the citizen, as well as the cop. Cops write tickets because it is a necessary evil of the job and is a revenue producer for the municipality. Not writing tickets often brings disdain on the officer from police and city administrations who enjoy the revenue that ticket writing brings. That said, I am getting off topic. We must understand that our communities belong to us, the citizens, not the individual governments entrusted to run them. We need to take ownership of our neighborhoods. Be vigilant! If you see something or someone that you feel is suspicious, call the police. Remember, we know our own neighborhoods better than anyone as most officers do not live in the communities that they protect. In addition, I again encourage all law-abiding citizens of our wonderful communities to explore the option of obtaining your Concealed Pistol License. We cannot expect our cops to be there all the time. We are responsible for our own safety. Chris K., the War Memorial would not work for CPL classes as part of the class involves actual shooting, and certainly the War Memorial does not have the facilities for that. Several police departments as well as area shooting ranges offer these classes at a reasonable cost.


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