Crime & Courts

Elderly woman attacked, robbed in Harris Teeter parking lot in Charlotte

Scottie McNeil Barringer

Police arrested and charged a 34-year-old Charlotte man late Tuesday after an elderly woman was pushed to the ground and her purse and car were stolen outside the Harris Teeter in the Cotswold Shopping Center on South Sharon Amity Road.

One of two men who tried to stop the driver from leaving also was injured when he was pushed to the ground and the car ran over one of his legs, police said.

Both the 83-year-old woman and the injured man were taken to Carolinas Medical Center with serious but not life-threatening injuries, police said.

The woman suffered a broken hip and the man, who works at Harris Teeter, was treated and released, according to WBTV, the Observer’s news partner.

Police said Scottie McNeil Barringer was arrested after an officer on routine patrol saw him driving the woman’s 2006 silver Toyota Corolla. Barringer pulled into a parking lot in the 3200 block of Eastway Drive, where police took him into custody without further incident.

Barringer was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, larceny of a motor vehicle and assault causing serious bodily injury.

He was jailed on $275,000 bail.

The woman was attacked about 11:20 a.m. as she was leaving her car, police said.

Two witnesses immediately ran over to help the woman. They tried unsuccessfully to get the assailant out of the woman’s car before the assailant then pushed one of them to the ground and ran over his leg, police said.

The employee told WBTV that he heard a woman screaming, ran over and saw the attacker “whaling” on the elderly woman. He said he jumped in and the robber turned on him, punching and biting him before getting into the woman’s car and running over him.

Anyone with more information in the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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