83-Year-Old Woman Charged With Attacking Cop

ELGIN (CBS) — After an 83-year-old woman was arrested and charged with battery of a police officer and resisting arrest, a judge was called in for a bond hearing so she wouldn’t have to spend the night in jail.

Elgin police said the incident began about 4:05 p.m. Monday when an officer noticed Rosella Robinson of South Elgin sitting in a car in an area of Elgin known for drug and gang activity.

When she saw the officer, she made an illegal U-turn and drove away, police said.

After the officer stopped her, Robinson tried to drive away repeatedly until he reached into the car and switched off its ignition, police said.

Robinson then grabbed the officer’s arm, scratching and beating on it until it bled, police said.

People arrested on similar charges are typically held in the city jail overnight until bond court the next morning, but police asked Judge James Hallock to come to the police station at 8 p.m. for an emergency hearing, citing Robinson’s age and health.

Hallock ordered her released on her own recognizance until an Aug. 9 hearing, and police said a relative drove her home.

  • Pothead

    I would be embarrased to say an 84 year old woman battered me. Plus LEAVE HER ALONE !! IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT SHE WAS DOING. FOR CIRIPES SAKES SHES 84.

  • Cornyia Carter

    She probably is suffering dementia…

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  • working man

    Disgusted jack ass what if this were your mother suffering from dementia? You would be sueing the police

  • volunteer

    Thank God the police officer protected the elderly woman from getting hurt. She was obviously unaware of the danger to herself. The officer did the right thing.



  • Tim Brewer

    What is wrong with you people? This does not sound like a confused person to me. Just because someone is old, doesn’t mean they can’t have criminal intent. Fleeing the police, even after the officer approached the vehicle? Assaulting an officer? How can you guys condone such behavior? I also would not have cut her a break.

  • Right

    she shouldn’t receive special treatment because of her age. If she does, where do you draw the line? That is a prosecutorial offense and should be treated as such.

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