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An 88-year-old woman was carjacked Tuesday afternoon in Livonia by a male-female pair that has since been arrested, police said.

The strong-arm carjacking took place about 4 p.m. at the Wal-Mart on the 29500 block of Plymouth Road, said Capt. Tom Goralski of the Livonia Police Department. That's at Middle Belt.

Goralski said the victim parked her 2017 Ford Escape, got out, and was approached from behind.

Police said the man tried to grab the victim's purse but she fought him off with her cane.

The suspect then hit the woman in the head, threw her to the ground and grabbed her purse.

Meanwhile, the attacker's accomplice got into the passenger side of the victim's vehicle, according to officials.

The assailant also got into the vehicle and they fled the scene, nearly running over the victim who was lying on the ground, police said. 

A witness to the crime followed the suspects, but lost the vehicle in the Joy Road and Beech Daily area, officials said.

Officers searched the area and found the stolen, unoccupied vehicle near Joy Road and Telegraph, they said.

A Livonia police officer spotted the suspects at about 11 p.m. in the same area and arrested them without incident.

Police also recovered the victim's purse containing her identification and credit cards.

Detectives continue to investigate, but officials estimate they will submit a warrant request with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office to charge the suspects later Wednesday.

Police are not releasing the identities of the suspects until they are arraigned in court. However, they did say the man is a 38-year-old from Sterling Heights and the woman is a 41-year-old from Lincoln Park.

 

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