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Toronto seniors fight off would-be robber

Feb. 26, 2014 at 4:11 PM   |   Comments

TORONTO, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A group of Toronto seniors earned high praise from police after fending off a would-be robber who targeted an 82-year-old grandmother.

The victim, known to neighbors only as Mrs. Ye, who does not speak English, entered her apartment building through a secure door but was followed by an unidentified 52-year-old assailant who offered to help her carry her bags upstairs. When they arrived at her apartment door the man shoved the victim inside, demanding cash and trying to steal a ring off her finger.

Ye's screaming alerted a neighbor, Chin-Hua Chen, 71, who entered the apartment and tried fighting off the man. Their scuffle continued into a hallway where a homeless man was squatting. The homeless man also fought with the attacker. Finally, another neighbor, Jane Harris, also 71, arrived in the stairwell and struck the suspect in the genitals with her cane, ending the altercation until police arrived, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. said Wednesday.

The suspect was charged with robbery, assault and criminal mischief.

Ye was treated for an injured finger but was otherwise unharmed, police said.

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