Backpack Bandit Attacks Another Elderly Woman

08/04/2011 06:33 pm ET | Updated Oct 04, 2011
  • Lucy Blodgett Former Producer at HuffPost Live / Former Assistant Editor at HuffPost LA

The man responsible for the July 21st robbery of an elderly blind woman in Little Tokyo has attacked again, reports the LAPD.

The second attack took place on August 1, just days after the police released the first video. At around 10 a.m., the 79-year-old victim was strolling with the assistance of her walker down a garden path near San Pedro Street when she was approached by the thief. He then said to the woman, "Baby, I’m going to take your chain," according to the LAPD. The man then unclasped the chain from her neck.

The man police refer to as the "Backpack Bandit" has now been caught twice on tape. He was wearing a dark colored backpack during both daytime robberies. The LAPD believe that this man is a possible drug user and has released this description of him: "The suspect is short, under 5’5” tall, and medium build. He is Hispanic but speaks English, as evidenced by this latest crime. "

If you know anything about the case or the Backpack Bandit, please contact authorities ( via the LAPD):

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call Central Detectives at 213-972-1251. Anonymous tips can be called into Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.” Online tips may be placed at, click on “webtips” and follow the prompts.

The first attack.