Elderly Couple Assaulted on Walk During the Day


Gaithersburg residents in their 70’s were knocked to the ground on a daylight walk on a Sunday. They were assaulted and robbed near Salk Circle by Crown Center. The robber took the couple’s phone and more importantly, their sense of security. The couple is ok other than the disturbing situation. 
Here are some safety tips for while out:

* **Be aware of your surroundings.** Pay attention to people and vehicles around you, and be on the lookout for anything suspicious.
* **Walk in well-lit areas.** Avoid walking in dark or secluded areas, if possible.
* **Walk with a friend or group of people.** This will make you a less attractive target for criminals.
* **Carry a cell phone.** This will allow you to call for help if you need it.
* **Be aware of your personal belongings.** Keep your purse or wallet close to you, and don't let it out of your sight.
* **Don't wear jewelry or other items that might make you a target.**
* **If you feel uncomfortable, trust your instincts.** If you feel like you're being followed or watched, cross the street or go into a public place.
* **If you are attacked, yell for help, and use whatever means necessary to defend yourself.
If you are a victim of a crime, it is important to report it to the police as soon as possible. You should also seek medical attention if you have been injured.

Here are some additional tips:

* **Talk to someone you trust about what happened.** This could be a friend, family member, therapist, or other trusted individual.
* **Don't blame yourself for what happened.** It is important to remember that you are not at fault.
* **Take some time to process what happened.** It is normal to feel a range of emotions after a traumatic experience.
* **Seek professional help if you need it.** A therapist can help you cope with the emotional effects of being a victim of crime.

Remember, you are not alone. There are people who can help you.
If you know of anyone with information on this incident, or if you know of any additional video recordings of the incident, please call Gaithersburg Police at 301-258-6400.

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