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Thursday, September 28, 2023

Man mugs 68–year–old woman outside Albertsons

A man was arrested in connection with the mugging of a 68-year-old woman in the parking lot of a Gainesville Albertsons on Thursday morning.

After Carol Ostrander was pushed to the ground and had her purse stolen, she called the Gainesville Police Department and reported the crime, said GPD spokesman Keith Kameg.

Ostrander was taken to a local hospital to be examined for a possible dislocated shoulder and cut knee, a GPD report stated.

A man fitting the description was seen riding a bicycle about a mile away from the Albertsons at 2323 N.W. 13th St., he said.

The man got off the bicycle and started running, and an officer chased him on foot, Kameg said.

Ostrander's purse was found about a block away from where he was caught, he said.

Kaifa Green, 35, was arrested and charged with unarmed robbery and battery on a person age 65 and over, the report stated.

Ostrander identified him as the man who mugged her, Kameg said.

Green has an extensive criminal history, he said.

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