SAVANNAH, GA (August 7, 2011): Police are searching the area and seeking the public’s help in identifying the man who threw a 101-year-old man to the ground and robbed him this afternoon.


Edward Vaughn of the 800 block of East 36th Street had  left a bus returning him from Bethel A.M.E. Church just before 2 p.m. when a black man appearing to be in his early 20s with a light complexion and standing about 5-foot-7 approached and followed him onto the porch of his home.


The younger man then grabbed Vaughn and robbed him. Vaughn fought back but was thrown to the ground. The robber then took his wallet and ran. The wallet contained $61 and his identification cards.


Vaughn received minor abrasions to his face and left hand and complained of pain to the right side of his body. He was treated at the scene by Emergency Medical Services but declined transport to a hospital until after he had talked with police. He was driven to a hospital by a family member.


Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police patrol officers scoured the area but were unable to find the suspect.


“Most of the crimes we see are senseless, but throwing a 101-year-old man to the ground is reprehensible,” said Lt.. Racine Chaney of the SCMPD Criminal Investigations Division. “Anyone who will do that will hurt someone and we need to get him off the streets.”


Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). In the body type, include “CStop2020” plus the tip. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

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