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One woman carjacked, the other sucker punched and nearly robbed on East 156th Street in CLE

Posted at 10:34 PM, Feb 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-26 23:23:58-05

CLEVELAND — The surveillance videos are hard to watch. Two women, both senior citizens, attacked at the same apartment complex just days apart.

The first attack happened on February 14. A man was standing at the door of an apartment complex, he looks around a few times and then runs up to a 70-year-old woman and points a gun in her face. He steals her car and she runs off.

The second incident went down just two days later. A 62-year-old woman was walking back into her apartment after grocery shopping when someone runs up behind her and sucker punches her. She falls on the ground and holds onto her stuff and the would-be robber got away with nothing.

Both incidents happened at the Euclid Beach Villa Apartment complex on East 156th Street in Cleveland. Councilman Mike Polensek represents the area and says this isn't the first time these residents have feared for their safety in this HUD subsidized building

"It's private property, we have asked for security in the past," said Polensek.

He says more than 2,000 senior citizens live there and he does not want them to continue to be victimized.

"Its the largest concentration in the city for elderly citizens," he said. "To see these people who've worked their whole lives, never bothered anybody, living in retirement in and peaceful setting, and to be prayed upon is absolutely appalling and disgusting."

Polensek says he has a meeting scheduled with the management company and police soon to address his security concerns.

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