PORTLAND – A woman arrested Tuesday for the mugging and purse-snatching of a 89 year old had a police record that included robbing elderly women and prostitution, police said.
Tiffany Denise Smith, 33, is accused of stealing the purse of an 89-year-old woman and pushing her to the ground on Jan. 9, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson of the Portland Police Bureau. The victim was left with severe bruising to her face.
Detectives believe Smith also stole the purse of a 90-year-old woman in December. They said she knocked on the woman's door in the 4800 block of Southeast Henderson Street, pushed passed her and stole the purse off of the dining room table, Simpson said.
But Smith's criminal past does not end there. She was also arrested for prostitution after she allegedly had sex in the bushes with an Oregon State Police detective last October. The pair was spotted just off Southeast Johnson Creek Boulevard, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.
The detective was on duty at the time, but was not in uniform. He was later sentenced to seven days in jail and a warrant was issued for Smith after she failed to appear in court on her charges.
As for the recent purse-snatching, Smith was booked into the Multnomah County Jail and charged with robbery, assault, burglary and identity theft.