Thug sought after 87-year-old assaulted, robbed of late husband’s memorabilia

Toronto Police are hunting for a man after an elderly woman was thrown from her walker onto the ground and then robbed of personal items, including memorabilia from her late husband.

The violent episode took place Feb. 7 around 2 p.m. when the 87-year-old woman entered the lobby of an apartment building in the Keele St. and Sheppard Ave. W. area.

Police said she was approached by a man and then assaulted.

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Toronto Police are hoping the public can identify a man involved in an alleged robbery and assault of an 87-year-old woman on Feb. 7 in the Keele St. and Sheppard Ave. W. area. SUPPLIED/TORONTO POLICE

The man, police said, took off through the front door.

The victim, identified by her daughter Sofia, is named Maria and is having a difficult time coping.

“She is not doing too well,” said Sofia, who didn’t wish to have her last name printed.

“She didn’t break any bones, but the attack has really affected her.”

Maria has been in bed ever since.

“It has been very traumatic for her,” Sofia added.

“She’s upset. We just hope whoever did this gets caught.”

They are hopeful police are successful in tracking down this robber, who not only took money, but photographs and keepsakes near and dear to Maria.

Residents in the building are shocked and concerned of the violent incident.

“It’s very scary,” said resident and superintendent Maria Barbosa.

“We have not had something like this before.”

Barbosa said the robber followed Maria from a nearby bank, came in the door that was opened by her and then walked past her to the elevator.

He then came back to the area where she checks her mail where he allegedly struck and robbed her.

A resident for 21 years, Paddy McCabe says people in this building are very vulnerable with “a handicap of some kind,” said the 81-year-old.

“This woman is 87 and uses and walker to get around. I use a walker myself. I admit that I have fear. If someone were to knock me down now I am not sure I would be able to get back up.”

The suspect is described as tall with a heavy build.

He was wearing a dark puffy “North Face” winter jacket with the hood up, a dark baseball cap with a gold round sticker on the top of the brim, a two-tone dark and light-coloured scarf covering the lower half of his face, white coloured gloves, dark pants and black runners with white detailing.

Police released images of a suspect captured from the building’s CCTV.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 416-808-3100, or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS.

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