Long Branch woman accused of robbing elderly woman in parking lot
A Long Branch woman was arrested after police say she robbed an elderly woman in a business parking lot Wednesday. Police were called to a Sears Department Store parking lot at Seaview Square Mall on Route 66 around 1:20 p.m. regarding a robbery. Officer Trevor Dickerson met with a 77-year-old woman who said she was sitting in her parked car when a beige minivan pulled up behind her. The driver, later identified as Jessica Figueroa, walked up to the woman’s car and opened the front passenger’s door, according to Peters.
The elderly woman was startled and Figueroa was able to grab her purse from the seat before running back to the minivan, Peters said. The woman ran after Figueroa and stood in front of the minivan demanding that Figueroa return her purse, according to Peters. The woman pounded her fists on the hood of Figueroa’s vehicle but Figueroa put it in reverse and backed away from the woman before speeding out of the parking lot.
The woman and a store employee who witnessed the incident and came to help, both reported the minivan’s license plate number to police, Peters said. Detectives Patrick Martin and Jeffrey Malone went to the address register to the vehicle and Figueroa pulled up shortly after them, Peters said. She was charged with robbery.
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