Woman suspected of stealing from the elderly Warrant charges fugitive with robbery and assault

December 18, 1997|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,SUN STAFF

A woman suspected of targeting elderly people in Charles Village and Waverly was charged yesterday with forcing her way into their homes, robbing and beating some and threatening another with a 10-inch knife.

Police issued an arrest warrant charging Yvonne Timmons, 27, of the 400 block of N. Port St. with three counts of robbery, three counts of assault and three counts of theft. She is also wanted in another warrant charging her with hitting and attempting to rob a 77-year-old man Dec. 2. Police said yesterday she remained at large.

Spencer and Myrtis Potts were robbed twice in two days. After stealing Mrs. Potts' purse containing $100 on Dec. 10, a woman returned Friday seeking more money, police said.

"She sat right there on the bed and cursed me and yelled at me demanding why I didn't have any money," said Mrs. Potts, 74. "I told her, 'We don't have no money. You took it all on Wednesday.' "

Police said the woman found the Potts' savings in the drawer of an end table, more than $400 divided into neatly labeled envelopes -- $210 for rent, $70 for medicine, $65 for groceries and $55 for Christmas presents.

The Potts were hurt in the second break-in. Police said Mrs. Potts suffered injuries to both hands and a bruise on her arm, and was hit on the head with a stick. Mr. Potts, 80, was shoved to the ground and beaten.

"She saw these elderly people and she saw an opportunity to assault and rob them," said Officer Angelique Cook-Hayes, a city police spokeswoman.

The crimes began about 5: 45 p.m. Dec. 10 when a woman followed a 68-year-old woman into her apartment in the 2300 block of N. Charles St. and demanded money. A police report says the woman shoved the victim against a wall and searched her pockets. She ran away when she found no money.

About 7 p.m. that day, a woman attacked the Pottses for the first time, police said. Mr. Potts said he heard a noise on the front porch of his home in the 3000 block of Reese St. in Waverly and walked outside, thinking it was a package being delivered.

Seeing nothing, he turned to go inside, and a woman rushed by him, he said.

"She grabbed my pocketbook and ran out the door before I could call 911," Mrs. Potts said.

Police said the Pottses were hit again two days later, on Friday. That time, the Pottses and police said, the woman had a white wooden chair leg. Mr. Potts said he tried to prevent her from NTC entering, but she knocked him to the floor.

"We couldn't do much to protect ourselves," said Mr. Potts, who had returned home from an operation two weeks ago.

After the woman found the money in the drawer, she sat on a bed and demanded to know why the couple had lied to her about not having any money, Mrs. Potts said.

"She then started hitting Mrs. Potts with an object," the police report states.

A few hours later, about 6: 15 p.m., police said the woman attacked a 64-year-old man in the 800 block of Dunbarton Ave. Police said the woman knocked on the man's door and started crying and asked to use the phone when he answered.

Police said that when the man said no, she threatened him with a 10-inch knife. The man reported that $300, a brown leather wallet and a brown leather bag were stolen.

Cook-Hayes said the suspect was charged in a warrant Dec. 2 with assaulting and robbing a 77-year-old man in his house in the 600 block of Venable Ave. Police said a woman entered his home by asking to use his bathroom.

Police are warning homeowners to be careful when answering their doors.

"We never bother anybody," said Mrs. Potts, who has lived in her home for three decades. "To think that someone would come in here and take advantage of us in the shape we're in."

Pub Date: 12/18/97

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