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Man accused of punching 91-year-old in the face before stealing her purse

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A man is sitting in jail under investigation for an attack on a 91-year-old woman.

19 Action News has learned it happened Tuesday afternoon on Alger Road on Cleveland's west side.

Upon arrival, officers found the elderly victim kneeling on the floor, bleeding from the mouth and side of her neck.  She told officers that a man had entered her home through the back door.  She confronted him in the hallway and he punched her in her face, knocking her to the floor. 

The 40-year-old suspect then went upstairs, at which time the woman was able to get to a phone and call police. The suspect then spoke to victim, even called her by her correct name.  He then took her purse and fled from the home. 

First District Detectives worked quickly to identify and arrest the suspect. He was arrested for aggravated burglary and theft and remains in the Central Prison Unit awaiting charges.

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