Using a walker and holding an umbrella in the pouring rain, a Miami woman slowly made her way from her home to her SUV to get to a doctor’s appointment.
But before Maria Viciedo, 77, could get into her vehicle, a man sneaked up, grabbed her purse and walker, and knocked her to the ground. He then took off in a black SUV, possibly an Izuzu Ascendor.
“He knocked me over, and pushed me to the floor and he took everything,” Viciedo told the Miami Herald, saying her purse was draped over the walker because she can’t hold both at the same time. “I started to yell, but since it was raining everyone was inside their home.”
Surveillance video from a house across the street shows the entire robbery outside Viciedo’s home on the 600 block of Southwest 60th Court. Police hope the video will help detectives find the crook.
“That poor lady,” said Kenia Fallat, a spokeswoman for Miami police. “Not only did he knock her to the ground, he stripped her of her walking aid.”
Viciedo, a grandmother of four and great-grandmother of two, said needs a walker because she has hip problems and has had surgery. She was heading to the doctor about noon Monday when she was was robbed.
“In the moment that I opened the car door to put in the walker and the cane and everything, the young man came from behind … He told me ‘I’m sorry, señora.’” Viciedo said. “I thought he wanted to help me but he wanted to take my hands off the walker, so I realized he wanted my purse.”
The assailant, who Viciedo described as a well-dressed and clean-shaven young man, stole her license, car keys, insurance cards.
Viciedo fell to the ground and screamed for help.
A neighbor arriving home saw her on the ground and helped her inside. Then she called police.
Fallat said she hopes the video will help detectives solve the crime.
“We are looking for a heartless man,” Fallat said.