Police: Heuvelton resident tried to rob elderly woman of prescription meds
Friday, May 2, 2014 - 2:35 pm

HEUVELTON -- A Heuvelton woman was jailed Friday for attempting to rob an elderly woman of her prescription medications during a brief struggle in the victims home, according to state police.

Ogdensburg-based troopers say they arrested Kelsey A. Gagnon, 24, with third-degree attempted robbery, felony and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Police say they were dispatched to a robbery in progress at a residence on State Street on April 24 at approximately 11:30 p.m.

Gagnon reportedly knocked on the door of the 74-year-old female victim’s residence and asked to use the telephone, stating that her vehicle had broken down. The victim allowed the suspect to use her phone to make calls.

The suspect then allegedly left the victim’s residence and returned a short time later, requesting to use the phone again. The victim allowed the suspect to enter the residence again and use the phone.

The suspect then grabbed the victim and demanded her prescription medications, troopers said. The victim attempted to activate her Life-Line bracelet to call for help, at which time the suspect physically removed the bracelet from her arm, not allowing her to call.

A struggle ensued and the suspect later fled the victim’s residence on foot, officers said.

With the assistance of the St. Lawrence County Sheriffs Department and the United States Border Patrol, the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Unit in Canton was able to identify and arrest Gagnon.

She was reportedly arraigned in the Oswegatchie Town Court and sent to St. Lawrence County Jail on $15,000 bail or $30,000 bond.