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Monday, November 22, 2010


85 year old woman attacked in her home
by Herbie Felton

“Woman, 85, Attacked by leaf rakers” this is the headline from that was posted November 21, 2010.

Crimes against the elderly hits me hard, because these people for the most part are can’t defend themselves against their much younger, stronger attackers.

An 85 year old lady was attacked by the very people she trusted. They asked her if they could rake her leaves and she said yes. Then when they were inside her home, they attacked her and pushed her down her basement steps and robbed her of $20. Probably the same $20 she was going to give them for raking her leaves.

Is this what the world has come too? Crimes against the elderly. Crimes against our children. We can no longer standby and watch crime kill our neighborhoods and cities and we do nothing. Citizens groups like The Detroit 300 and Detroit Coalition Against Crime and other like minded groups need to come together. People are sick and tried of crime taking over their neighborhoods, claiming their love ones, and making life unlivable for the lawful. I have taking such steps by joining with community groups to fight crime, by rebuilding my block club, and rebuilding communities like Brightmoor (on Detroit’s Westside). This is what Detroit and Detroiters should be about, it is time for action not words.

I also learned that this is not the first such incident in that neighborhood. It also happened to another elderly lady just one block away on Mitchell Street. Someone is preying on the elderly in this neighborhood. You have any information on these crimes please call crime stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. That’s 1-800-773-2587.

Be a part of the solution, and not the problem.

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