Waterbury man, 24, charged with assault and robbery of 82-year-old woman at mall

A Waterbury man has been charged with assaulting and robbing an elderly woman at Westfield Trumbull mall Aug. 10.

Jordan Savage, 25, has been charged with second-degree larceny from a person, sixth-degree larceny, third-degree assault and assault of an elderly victim. He was held on $60,000 bond for court Nov. 15.

Police said an 82-year-old woman was walking toward the J.C. Penney entrance of the mall when a man later identified as Savage allegedly shoved her to the ground and stole her purse.

Witnesses said they heard the woman screaming for help and saw a man wearing gray sweatpants and a white, yellow and red windbreaker jacket, running away with a beige purse. He then fled in the woman’s gray Honda Accord, police said. He was last seen driving toward Main Street.

The woman suffered minor injuries, including abrasions on her arms and legs. Paramedics treated her at the scene, but she refused further medical assistance.

After an investigation police identified Savage through a series of related crimes and an additional stolen vehicle in Connecticut and New York State, according to Lt. Brian Weir. The vehicle stolen from Trumbull had been recovered in Staten Island, and police tracked another stolen vehicle to Tarrytown, NY. Evidence recovered from the Trumbull victim’s car led police to Savage’s Waterbury location, Weir said.

Based on their investigation, Trumbull police identified Savage as the suspect and received a warrant for his arrest. He was stopped by Watertown police and taken into custody when they learned of the active warrant.