Robbery suspect rips wedding ring off elderly woman's finger

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PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Police Department is asking for the public's help to find a suspect who robbed an elderly woman earlier this month.

According to Phoenix police spokesman Officer Luis Samudio, an 80-year-old woman was approached by a younger woman inside a grocery store near Seventh Street and Bell Road on May 9. The younger woman claimed she was a hair stylist and offered the victim hair-styling services.

The suspect told the victim she needed money for gas. The victim said she didn't have any money with her but would drive the suspect to a nearby ATM.

After the victim was unable to withdraw cash from her account, Samudio said the suspect became aggressive and ripped the victim's wedding ring from her finger. She then got out of the vehicle and fled on foot.

The victim told police that the monetary value of the ring is minimal, but the sentimental value is enormous.

The suspect is described as a white female between the ages of 16 and 19, 5 feet 3 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall, 130 to 140 pounds with long, dark hair.

Police are concerned that the suspect will commit other acts against vulnerable elderly victims.

Detectives are asking for help identifying this person. If anyone recognizes the suspect, call police at 602-534-0272 or 480-WITNESS to remain anonymous.