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Armed teen robs 91-year-old woman, daughter in Deerfield Beach

Robber believed to be 17-19 years old

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – The Broward Sheriff's Office has released a sketch of a teenager who is believed to have robbed a woman and her 91-year-old mother at their Deerfield Beach home.

BSO spokeswoman Gina Carter said Barbara Sutton, 65, was drinking a cup of coffee and reading a book in her back yard about 6 a.m. Tuesday morning when she heard the side gate creak open.

Sutton screamed and dropped her iPhone when she saw someone, possibly in his late teens, approach her.

Carter said the teen, who was wearing a gray hoodie and dark pants, pointed a handgun at Sutton and told her to be quiet.

Carter said he entered her home and pointed the gun at Sutton's 91-year-old mother, Florence Jones, who was sitting in the living room.

Detectives said he stole Sutton's cellphone from outside and her purse that was on the counter inside.

"He pushed past me into the house and then went to my mom, and I was screaming the whole time," Sutton told Local 10 News.

Sutton said that she sits outside each morning while drinking her coffee. She said that she refuses to live in fear and plans to continue her daily routine.

"This is a safe neighborhood. We've all been here for years and years and years, and we take care of each other," Sutton said.

According to an incident report, detectives tracked the iPhone through the Find My iPhone app, and found it on the roof of a warehouse at 1255 SW First Way.

Deputies and K-9s searched the area for the gunman, but couldn't find him.

Anyone with information about the thief's identity is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.


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