QUINCY (WBZ-AM) -- A man and woman were arraigned in Quincy District Court Monday in the assault and robbery of a 92-year-old woman.
Kayla Noel-Brown, 26 of Quincy, and Markell Cruz, 27, of Somerville, were arrested Saturday.
Noel-Brown was ordered held on $25,000 bail, while Cruz was ordered held without bail.
They were both charged with unarmed robbery of an elderly person, assault and battery of an elderly person, and conspiracy.
Police said that, around 8:30 a.m. on Sunday the 18th behind the CVS on Clay Street, they knocked Dorothy Prederville to the ground, injured her, grabbed her purse, and fled.
She had been using her walker to go to the store to buy a newspaper when she said someone attacked her out of nowhere.
A "Good Samaritan" helped her back to the CVS--but Quincy Police said that woman, later identified as Noel-Brown, was involved in the robbery.
"You gotta believe they were strung out on drugs or something to hurt an individual, particularly at that age," Quincy Mayor Tom Coke told WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens.
Those who know the victim are glad the two were caught.
"Everybody knows Dorothy in Wollaston," Mayor Coke said. "She's a sweetheart of a woman, she always has a smile for everyone she greets, so this is justice, this is what's supposed to happen."
Coke said he's grateful to the police for finding those responsible--a sentiment echoed by others in the community who know Dorothy.
"I hope they lock them up and throw the key away in the deep blue sea or a deep deep well, and teach them a lesson," neighbor Joe Vaneau said.
Prederville is currently at a rehab facility, where she is recovering from a fractured sternum.
WBZ NewsRadio1030's Carl Stevens Reports