75-year-old woman robbed in Walmart parking lot

by: Mark Becker Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Police in Albemarle say they are interviewing possible suspects in a robbery that may have sent an elderly woman to the hospital with serious heart problems.

The woman, who is 75, was leaving the Walmart on Leonard Drive in Albemarle at 2:45 Wednesday afternoon when police say a man offered to return her shopping cart, then grabbed her purse and pushed her to the ground.

The woman had scrapes and bruises, but later complained about heart problems and an ambulance took her to the hospital in Albemarle.

When the problems became more serious a medical helicopter rushed her to the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.

The hospital is not releasing information about her condition.

Police, meanwhile, were able to track down the possible suspects because a friend of the victim wrote down the tag number of the suspect's car and gave it to police.

Detectives tracked it to an address in High Point and late Thursday detectives were still interviewing possible suspects in the case.

Police say the woman is expected to recover, but if she doesn't the charges could be much more serious than robbery.

"If she passes away, this could turn into a homicide," said Capt. David Dulin.