The Los Alamos Police Department has released the photo of a vehicle they believe was driven by two women who followed an elderly Los Alamos woman home May 12 from Smith’s Marketplace. The victim in her 80s, was then beaten by one of the women and left lying in her driveway until someone happened to hear her screaming and rendered assistance.
Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez said the Department is looking for a maroon-colored four-door sedan, which was seen in Smith’s parking lot 4:15 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. on the day of the incident.
A $250 reward is being offered by Crime Stoppers for positive identification of the vehicle and the driver, which leads to an arrest.
Rodriguez said interviews have been conducted with several people of interest and the Department is following additional leads in the case.
“This crime has touched the community in a big way. LAPD is doing everything we can to solve this disturbing case,” he said. “Nobody likes to see crimes against the elderly. We are pursuing this case to the best of our ability.”
The victim’s billfold and purse were later located in her neighborhood where they were apparently discarded by her attacker. None of her bank cards were missing but some $300 in cash was missing along with her social security card. The victim suffered extensive bruising on her face and the inside of her mouth was cut.
Anyone with any information on this incident should call Crime Stoppers at 505.662.8282 or the Los Alamos Police Dispatch at 505.662.8222. Callers can remain anonymous.