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65-year-old woman foils attempted robbery

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Gazette Staff
February 24, 2010
— A Fort Atkinson woman is in custody at the Rock County Jail after being accused of attempting to rob a woman 30 years her senior.

Rhonda M. Costilla, 35, N1739 Riggert Road, Fort Atkinson was arrested at 10:50 p.m. Monday at home by Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies on a charge of attempted robbery, according to a Janesville Police Department news release.


The arrest relates to an incident at 9:02 p.m. Monday, when the 65-year-old victim was loading her groceries into her car in the Woodman’s parking lot, 2819 N. Lexington Drive, Janesville.


Costilla allegedly approached the victim who was on a mobility scooter, grabbed her purse and tried to flee.


But the victim fought back, and in doing so, knocked her assailant to the ground.


Costilla continued to pull at the victim’s purse while on the ground.


The victim kicked the suspect and pulled her hair, all while yelling for help.


Several people, including Woodman’s employees, heard the victim’s shouts and came to her aid.


Costilla fled, but witnesses were able to provide the police with a license plate number for her vehicle.


The victim didn’t receive any serious injuries.


And she kept her purse.



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