2 accused of robbing woman in wheelchair in Lowell
LOWELL, Mass. -- Police in Lowell say two teenagers have been charged with robbing a woman in a wheelchair on a busy city street.
According to police, Elvin Alvarez, 18, of Lowell and a 16-year-old boy robbed a 58-year-old woman as she was wheeling herself down Salem Street last week.
Alvarez came up from behind and grabbed the woman’s pocketbook from her arm and ran off. Police said the 16-year-old acted as the lookout. The suspects then fled on foot.
Police were able to track the teens down after obtaining a picture of one of the suspects. Eighteen-year-old Elvin Alvarez was arrested at his home.
Alleged victim, Norma Holmes, says she’s glad police arrested them.
“Well, actually, what I felt was someone touching my shoulder when they cut it off. And then I looked down and I held on to my phone and I turned around in my motor chair and I said, ‘I was robbed,’” said Holmes.
Holmes said she only had $40 in her purse, but did have personal pictures that she said she will never get back.
Both suspects were arraigned in court Wednesday.
Police said they have not recovered Holmes' purse.