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Sullivan woman, 73, injured during theft in driveway

A 22-year-old DeWitt man was charged with first-degree robbery Feb. 17 in connection with an incident on Kinderhook Road Friday Feb. 13.

Madison County Sheriff Ronald I. Cary said that Sean M. Young of 121 Merman Drive, DeWitt, allegedly robbed a 73-year-old woman in the driveway of her town of Sullivan home.

According to police, the victim drove into her driveway at about 1 p.m. Feb. 13, exited her vehicle and was walking toward the door of her home when Young allegedly parked on the road in front of her residence. Police say Young approached the victim after allegedly yelling to her, asking for directions.

Police say the victim reported that she attempted to walk toward her residence door when Young confronted her and attempted to physically remove her purse with shoulder strap. The victim struggled during the incident and was knocked to the ground. Police say when the victim was able to regain her composure, she realized her purse and the suspect were gone.

Deputies were able to obtain a possible suspect vehicle description based upon neighborhood interviews. The suspect and vehicle description was broadcast to area police agencies by Madison County 911 dispatchers.

The victim was transported to SUNY Upstate Medical University by Rural Metro Ambulance Service. She was admitted for observation and treatment of a head injury and released the following day.

Cary said Madison County criminal investigators were contacted late on Feb. 13 by the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Unit. He said Onondaga County investigators reported they were in the process of interviewing individuals possibly involved in a similar crime that occurred in Onondaga County.

Madison County investigators responded to Onondaga County and interviewed Young. As a result of that interview, Young was returned to Madison County and charged with first-degree robbery. He was arraigned in Chittenango Village Court and remanded to Madison County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.

Young is scheduled to return to Sullivan Town Court.

Deputies said they recovered a portion of the contents of the alleged stolen purse in the Madison County incident.

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