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3 men accused of robbing elderly women

A 19-year-old man accused of robbing an 88-year-old woman is suspected of targeting four other elderly women.

Jonathan R. Crisler was charged Wednesday with Isaac J. Murphy, 19, for a string of purse snatchings between March 17 and March 19.

In each case, an elderly woman was followed home from the grocery store and attacked.

Crisler was arrested March 19 with Andrey A. Murray, 20, after a motorist witnessed Crisler running with the 88-year-old victim's purse near 3604 N. Washington St. before getting into a Green Pontiac driven by Murray.

Police believe the men used the stolen cash to buy OxyContin.

Crisler is charged with four counts of second-degree robbery and one count of attempted second-degree robbery.

Murphy is charged with two counts of second-degree robbery and one count of attempted second-degree robbery, and Murray is charged with second-degree robbery.




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