Women, ages 78 and 29, attacked, robbed in South Seattle

SEATTLE -- The Seattle Police Department is trying to find whoever is responsible for attacking and robbing two women -- one of whom is 78 years old -- in separate incidents Monday night in Rainier Beach and Tuesday morning in Columbia City.

According to police, a 78-year-old woman was walking from the light rail station to a bus stop in the 4300 block of South Henderson Street around 9 p.m. when three men in their teens or early 20s pushed her to the ground and took her purse.

A passing driver called 911 and stayed with the victim, who suffered a few scrapes to her hands, until officers arrived.

Officers searched the area but were unable to find the robbers.

The second robbery took place around 5:30 a.m. in the 3200 block of South Edmunds Street. According to police, a 29-year-old woman walked by a group of four men and women in their late teens and early 20s when she was suddenly blindsided by a punch to the eye.

The victim was knocked to the ground, and one of the women demanded to know where her phone was, according to police. The victim said it was in her bag, and the group reportedly took it and walked off.

Officers ended up finding the victim's ID card nearby and backpack a half a mile away, but there was no sign of her laptop, iPhone, wallet and glasses or the robbers.

According to police, it is unknown if the two robberies are related.