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Elderly woman speaks out after assault in Mount Penn

By Ashley Bellman, WFMZ.com Reporter, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 06 2013 04:35:57 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 07 2013 07:29:27 AM CDT

Elderly woman speaks out after assault

MOUNT PENN, Pa. -

An 85-year-old woman who was assaulted and robbed in broad daylight in Mount Penn is speaking out.

Connie Caltagirone is still recovering in the hospital, but says she is going to be alright.

She is happy that the man who allegedly put her in the hospital is in custody, and she hopes he stays in jail for a very long time.

"People should be careful, but I was. I never heard him approach. The next thing I knew I was on the ground in a pool of blood," Caltagirone said.

Police said tips about William Smith, 23, of Birdsboro came pouring in after WFMZ showed his surveillance photo Monday.

According to police, Smith followed Caltagirone off of a BARTA bus, then knocked her down and took her purse.

The attack happened in the 1900 block of Perkiomen Avenue Monday afternoon.

Smith was apprehended hours later and arraigned Tuesday. His bond is set at $50,000.

Caltagirone said she is not going to let this stop her from riding the bus when she recovers.

She expected to head to a rehabilitation center Tuesday.