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91-year-old widower struck with rock and robbed while visiting wife’s grave

2019-09-28

A 91-year-old California man was beaten with a rock and robbed while visiting his late wife’s grave, according to the Santa Clara Police Department.

The attack occurred at the Mission City Memorial Park cemetery in Santa Clara on Saturday morning, a police statement said.

The suspect came up from behind and hit the man with a large rock, took some of his possessions and fled the scene on a bicycle. Despite a police canvass of the area, the suspect is still on the loose.

Captain Wahid Kazem told ABC affiliate KABC that the man visits the grave almost daily.

“He even brings a lawn chair. Sits by her side. And spends some time there with her,” Kazem said.

Police did not say whether the attack was random or the widower was targeted.

The suspect is described as 35-50-year-olds, approximately 5-foot-9” to 6-feet tall with a medium build, having gray slicked-back hair and a mustache and wearing a white T-shirt and black shorts. He was last seen on gray and black mountain bike.