Woman, 70, attacked outside conv­enience store

Woman pushed out of whee­lchair, robbed

SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio police are looking for two men who they said pushed an elderly woman out of her wheelchair and robbed her outside a convenience store at 602 Labor St. 

Mary Ellen English, 70, was traveling alone on her motorized wheelchair on the way to a neighborhood convenience store around 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday, only to find the store closed and two young men standing outside.

She said that as she was leaving, one of the men followed her.

"He said, 'Ma'am, do you have a dollar to lend me?' and I said, 'No, I don't,' so that's when he pushed me out of my chair," she said.

English said the suspect went after a bag on the arm of her chair but she didn't have much money on her. The suspect got away with only $2.

"He knocked me out of the chair, but thank God I wasn't hurt, because I used my hands to hold myself so I wouldn't hit my face," she said.

Afterwards, English said she got back into her chair, went to a Pik Nik store about five blocks away and asked the manager to use the phone to call police

"She wasn't shook up," said store manager Sam Hussein. "I was really surprised as far as her being in a wheelchair. I mean, I would be shook up if somebody just snatched the money out of my hand or dropped me out of the chair."

Police are still looking for the suspects.

English says she hopes they're caught, but is just happy she wasn't hurt. 

"I'm OK," she said. "Thank God that he didn't hit me or punch me in the face or knock me out and I'd (still) be laying there."


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