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Arrests Made in 95-Year-Old's Death

LAS VEGAS -- Two women are behind bars, accused of murdering a 95-year-old woman while trying to steal her purse in a grocery store parking lot. Thirty-year-old Teresa Meamber and 19-year-old Kierstie Manning face serious charges including murder and attempted robbery.

On July 26, police say the two women attacked 95-year-old Bertha Meier and tried to steal her purse at the Smith's parking lot on Desert Inn and Decatur.

Surveillance video outside Smith's grocery store at Decatur Boulevard and Desert Inn Road shows Meier walking through the parking lot, carrying an umbrella and pushing a shopping cart.  

Suddenly, a dark-colored Nissan Sentra darts across the parking lot. One suspect, now believed to be Manning, jumps out and tries to take Meier's purse. Meier refuses to let go. The assailants then drag the elderly woman across the concrete before taking off without her purse.

According to police reports, Meamber and Manning needed cash to bail someone out of jail. The police report states, "Manning wanted to do a ‘trick roll' which is when a prostitute robs a John."  "Meamber said it would take too long, so they decided to steal a purse," the police report states.

The women went to the Palms Hotel and Casino but "could not find a purse to steal". That's when police say the pair staked out Smith's grocery store. Manning says she spotted Meier's purse lying in the seat of the victim's shopping cart and that Meier appeared to be "an easy victim."

Meamber claims she thought Manning was going to help Meier with her groceries. Weeks later, the two suspects learned from news reports that Meier died.

Police believe Meamber fled to California. Detectives received a tip that led to the alleged assailants' arrest.


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