Man who knocked 93-year-old to floor and stole her bag in Edgbaston is jailed for six years
Written by Tristan Harris on March 9, 2019
A MAN who knocked a frail pensioner to the ground in Edgbaston during a shocking bag snatch has been jailed for six years.
Carlos Crawford carried out the attack on the 93-year-old in Bromford Road on January 24.
After pulling her to the floor he escaped with her bag. The brazen attack was carried out in broad daylight and was caught on CCTV.
This video shocked the community.
On February 3, Crawford was identified by police and tracked down to a property in Rawlings Road, West Bromwich where he was arrested on suspicion of robbery and charged.
He appeared at Birmingham Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to the crime, and was ordered to spend the next six years behind bars.
Speaking after the verdict Det Con Simon Kershaw thanked the public for its support in this case.
He said: “People were understandably disgusted at what they saw in the video: a frail lady, using a walking stick, was attacked from behind and had her handbag torn from her grip.
“It’s was a violent, callous offence on a vulnerable lady. Thankfully she wasn’t seriously hurt but the longer term impact of incidents like this – such as damaging the victim’s confidence and reassurance – can be very significant.
“Thanks to members of the public who contacted us – with the name of a likely suspect and, using other police intelligence, it led us to an address in Smethwick where Carlos was detained.
“Six years is a considerable sentence.
“I hope Carlos will use his time behind bars to reflect on the suffering he caused the victim both emotionally and physically, and use opportunities available to him in prison to turn his life around.”
He added information from the public was vital in the fight against crime and that West Midlands Police took community intelligence very seriously and will act swiftly on information provided.