A violent attempted robbery in the city's east end has left an elderly woman in hospital with a broken hip and another with bloody knees.

  Evelyn, 74, and her long-time neighbour Mary, 76, were walking north on Markham Rd. near Lawrence Ave. E. as they do every day when two young men came from behind and tried to grab their purses around 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.

  "Next thing I know, I'm on my back, they pulled us down, and pulled my purse," said Evelyn, who wouldn't provide her last name or her friend's surname.

  She added the culprits hung on to her purse, dragging her along the sidewalk, leaving her with scrapes and cuts on both knees.

  When Evelyn realized she was being robbed, she thought, "Well darn you, you're not getting anything."

  Meanwhile, Mary was pushed to the ground by one of the bandits and suffered a broken hip.

  When he saw how badly he'd injured Mary, he ran away, and was followed by the other culprit who realized Evelyn wasn't letting go of her purse.

  "I guess they thought two elderly ladies (are) an easy target, but boy, were they in for a shock," said Evelyn.

  The women who have been neighbours in the Cedarbrae area for 48 years walk four to five miles a day, and have never been victimized before.


`Well darn you, you're not getting anything'

  Evelyn, 74, thwarted would-be robbers


"It all happened so quickly, I wish I could remember what they looked like better," said Evelyn.

  She added that there had to be cars driving by when the incident occurred, but no one stopped until after the would-be robbers fled.

  Evelyn ran to a nearby house to call police, but nobody answered the door.

  A young boy and a woman eventually stopped to help and called the police.

  Mary is recovering in hospital, and Evelyn says her knees aren't too badly hurt, but an infection has set in, and her neck and back are sore from the pushing and tugging.

  The incident won't stop Evelyn from taking her walks, but from now on she'll leave her purse at home and be more vigilant.

  In the end, nothing was stolen.

  Police say the suspects were last seen running south on Markham Rd. and turning east on Scranton Rd.

  Both are described as 16 to 19 and thin. One wore a black nylon jacket with orange or red on it and the other was in dark blue clothing.

  Anyone with more information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS.