The heart of the Rossetti Cowan Senior Center is in everyone’s prayers this week after a violent purse snatching on Thanksgiving Day left her in the hospital.
Lois Diamond, a tireless worker at the Senior Center and friend to just about everyone, was attacked by a female robber around 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day while walking on Pleasant Street, according to police.
The female attacker knocked Diamond – who was walking to a friend’s house – to the ground and hit her in the face. Then, she stole Diamond’s purse and made a run for it – getting some $60 and numerous irreplaceable items such as sentimental photos.
One friend told the Journal that Diamond broke her shoulder in the attack and actually was knocked to the ground while in the street, having to crawl to the sidewalk in order to get out of the way of traffic.
According to the police report, two witnesses gave chase to the female attacker and followed her into the apartment building at 10 Yeamans St. – a constant source of drug-related problems for police.
While in the midst of the chase, the two witnesses lost sight of the woman and she escaped.
The attacker was described as a white female with brown hair and wearing a white coat. She was estimated to be in her 20s or 30s.
Diamond is currently in the hospital, but is expected to be released soon.
In another Thanksgiving note, some parishioners at Immaculate Conception Church had their cars broken into during the morning Mass on Thanksgiving Day.
At least one car had its window broken while it was parked right in front of the Beach Street church.
Parishioners were advised to remove their belongings from their vehicles during worship.