FONTANA, Calif. (CBS) — A robber on the loose in Fontana turned Mother’s Day into a frightening experience for one local woman, who said the criminal was actually an elderly woman packing a gun.
Fontana police confirmed that a woman believed to be in her 80s held up another woman who was waiting for her husband in the parking lot of Kohl’s. The victim, who is nine months pregnant, said the robbery occurred in broad daylight, around 11:00 a.m. Sunday.
The alleged victim, who only identified herself as “Shelly,” talked to KCAL9 reporter Nicole Gonzales.
“When she approached me. She seemed like a nice old lady that might need directions, that’s what I was thinking,” she said. “I just thought, I’m dead. I kind of froze, and freaked out a little bit.”
The alleged perp is described as a white woman, 5 feet 2 inches tall and about 140 pounds. Shelly said the woman was wearing black sunglasses, blue jeans and kept a pink flowered scarf over her face. “She pointed her gun at me, said ‘Excuse me, ma’am. I need your purse.’ She pointed the gun at me and took off.”
She made her getaway in a black sedan, possibly a Dodge Neon, with tinted windows and a missing hubcap.
The elderly assailant got away with the victim’s purse.
Shelly and her baby are both fine, but, she said, “It’s the scariest thing that’s ever happened in my life.”