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Senior punched trying to fend off thief

March 12, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The search is on for a shameless bandit who punched an elderly woman in the chest while robbing a Long Island area drug store.Ninety-one-year-old Florence Critelli works as a Rite Aid cashier in Northport, New York.

On Thursday Critelli was at work when the man walked up to the counter to buy some candy. When she opened the register, he reached out to grab the money. She tried to block his hand and that's when the suspect punched her.

The great-grandmother of 13 is doing fine, and is sticking to her hobby of knitting mittens and hats for the homeless.