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Tampa police seek robber who took disabled woman's only cash

TAMPA — Police were searching Wednesday for a man they say robbed a disabled 75-year-old woman of the only money she had to pay for food and a motel room.

Authorities said the robbery happened about 10 a.m. at the Marathon service station at 2611 N 40th St.

The woman, Barbara Felder, was leaving the food mart there with three grocery bags. The man offered to carry the bags for her, Tampa police said, but she refused and tried to walk away.

The man persisted and tried to take the bags from her.

She fought him off with a cane.

But he finally flashed a knife and grabbed the bags, police said. He took Felder's wallet from one of them and fled on a bicycle.

Police said Felder is living in a motel and has no money left now to pay for it or to buy food. Officers said they were seeking social service assistance to help her.

Investigators released a surveillance photo they say shows the robber, wearing a green basketball jersey with "State" and "5" written on the front.

Anyone with information about the robbery was asked to call the Tampa Police Department at (813) 231-6130.

Tampa police seek robber who took disabled woman's only cash 07/24/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 24, 2013 11:18pm]
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