Police arrest suspect in attack on elderly couple outside bank

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police have arrested a suspect in the death of a 90-year-old man who was robbed outside a Chase bank in December.

Seymour Sendrow and his wife, Pearl, withdrew a large amount of cash from the bank at Bethany Home Road and 19th Avenue on Dec. 14. They were going to distribute the money to the staff at their care facility as a Christmas bonus, according to Sgt. Trent Crump with the Phoenix Police Department.

When the couple left the bank, they were approached by two men. One suspect grabbed the money bag and Seymour was thrown to the ground, hitting his head. He suffered a severe concussion and broken hip.

Twin brothers headed to work witnessed the incident and they chased down the suspects. The good Samaritans were able to grab the bag of money, but the two suspects got away in a red Mustang.

Seymour never recovered from his injuries and died on Feb. 6. His death was ruled a homicide. Pearl died a few days later.

Investigators arrested Eduardo Pimentel, 22, Wednesday night. He has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated robbery and weapon violations.

Crump said Pimentel admitted involvement in the offense.

According to Maricopa County Superior Court paperwork, Pimentel's wife worked at the Chase bank where the robbery took place. She told police that she was not working at the time of the robbery, but that she previously had overheard Sendrow saying he was going to come back to the bank and withdraw the money.

She said she told Pimentel about Sendrow's planned withdrawal because she was amazed that he was donating it, according to the court documents. She did not admit to being involved in the planning of the robbery.

Pimentel is being held on a $1 million bond.

Pimentel's wife has not been arrested. She no longer works at the bank.

Police are still looking for the other suspect.