Man sentenced to 5 years in prison for robbing elderly woman

By: News Staff

FALL RIVER, Mass. – Shane Cartin, 34, of Fall River, was sentenced to five years in state prison for robbing an 83-year-old woman in broad daylight last July.

Cartin plead guilty to a single-count indictment charging him with unarmed robbery of a person over 60 years old.

The robbery happened around 10:45 a .m.Fall River Police responded to Bedford Street on July 19, 2016, around 10:45 a.m. after reports of a robbery.

The victim was walking when she leaned against a building to rest in the shade, and placed her purse on the sidewalk in between her legs.

Cartin rode a bicycle past the victim and kicked the purse out from under her.

Once police arrived, the woman was shaking, crying, and distraught.

Witnesses followed Cartin and retrieved the purse, returning it to the victim.

Other witnesses flagged down a state trooper nearby and pointed in the direction that Cartin fled.

That trooper found Cartin and arrested him as he was entering his apartment building.

Cartin was sentenced to serve five years in state prison.

“The defendant preyed on a defenseless elderly woman.   It doesn’t not really matter why he did it.  Our elders are vulnerable victims and need to be protected,” District Attorney Quinn said.  “The defendant was on probation at the time that he committed this offense.   The five year sentence was well-deserved.” 

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