New Bedford man sentenced to prison for robbing two elderly women

This is a contributed photo of Miguel Brasil.

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WLNE) — A New Bedford man has been sentenced to prison for robbing two elderly women.

Miguel Brasil, 44, pleaded guilty to two counts of unarmed robbery of a person over the age of 60, two counts of assault and battery on a person over the age of 60 and one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

On April 8, 2019, Dartmouth Police responded to Citizens Bank on Dartmouth Street for a report of a robbery of a 77-year-old woman.

The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said the woman was “visibly shaken up and distraught and had minor cuts to her hands.”

The victim told police she was pushed to the ground and her purse was stolen. Inside the purse was $700, cash, credit cards and her cellphone.

The woman provided a description of the suspect, later identified as Brasil, and a car.

The following day, an officer spotted Brasil at a Rite Aid, the district attorney’s office said.

The officer witnessed Brasil push a 72-year-old woman to the ground, as he pulled her purse off her arms.

He fled the scene, driving at high speeds, and crashed into a cruiser, causing another car to also crash with another cruiser.

According to the district attorney’s office, Brasil confessed to both crimes and said he “specifically targeted the elderly women.”

A judge sentenced him to serve two to three years in prison, followed by two years of supervised probation.

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