Woman pleads not guilty in attacks on elderly women

Woman pleads not guilty in attacks on elderly women

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A woman accused of attacking two elderly women and stealing their purses pleaded not guilty Friday in a Multnomah County courtroom.

Tiffany Denise Smith was arraigned on three counts of identity theft, two counts of robbery and one count of burglary and assault. Her next court date is March 7.

Portland Police arrested Smith on Jan. 14 on an unrelated warrant from Clackamas County.

Their investigation began on Jan. 7, when a 89-year-old woman named Marge reported the suspect grabbed her purse and threw her to the ground. Marge received significant bruising and cuts on her left eye and knees and spent the night in the hospital.

During the course of their investigation, police say another woman, who is 90 years old, also had her purse stolen by Smith. The suspect knocked on the victim's door and pushed past the woman when she answered the door, stole her purse from the dining room table and took off.

Smith has been arrested several times before for ID theft, attempted prostitution and a number of probation violations.