Woman in Wheelchair Robbed: Hialeah Police

Hialeah Police are looking for a man who robbed a woman in a wheelchair.

The robbery happened the morning of Oct. 3 as the victim, Elsa Riesgo, was sitting in her electric wheelchair in the area of East 2nd Avenue and 44th Street, police said.

The woman was violently pushed and pulled by the suspect, who grabbed her property while she desperately tried to hold on, police said.

"I tried to grab my pocketbook back, which I was able to do. So we were fighting back-and-forth with the pocketbook as I was screaming for somebody to help me," said Riesgo.

A family friend was inside Riesgo's home and heard the call for help.

"I heard, literally a blood-curdling scream," said friend Colleen Rose-St.Prix. "My son looked out the window and saw them struggling."

After stealing the woman's belongings, the man fled in a newer model red vehicle. A short time later, he was caught on camera with a woman using the victim's credit card at an ATM, police said.

The suspect is described as a white male, 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-9, with dark hair, an average build, tan complexion and between 20-25 years old.

The young woman, who police are calling a person of interest, is a white female in her late teens or early 20s, 5-foot-0 to 5-foot-7, with long hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

Contact Us