Suspect arrested in connection to robbery of elderly woman

Fall River police released this booking photo of James Smith, accused of robbing an elderly woman.

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) — The Fall River Police Department said they arrested a suspect in connection to the unarmed robbery of an elderly woman in a convenience store.

32-year-old James Smith of Fall River was arrested and charged with unarmed robbery of a person over the age of 60.

According to police, on April 10, at approximately 5:50 p.m., a 76-year-old woman was making her way home from a store on Stafford Road when a male approached her.

Officials said the man removed her purse from her push-cart then fled the area in an unknown direction.

Det. Luis Vertentes conducted a follow-up investigation where surveillance footage was obtained, providing a clearer picture of the suspect.

On Wednesday, Fall River police and Massachusetts State Police subsequently located Smith in his home and arrested him without incident.

Records show Smith also had a previous warrant out for his arrest.

No further information was immediately released.

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