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Elderly Austin woman pushed down stairs in narcotics robbery

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AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) -- An elderly woman was assaulted and pushed down a flight of stairs during a narcotics robbery Monday afternoon in southeast Austin.

Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger said Renae Kramer, 43, allegedly broke into the house looking for prescription narcotics at about 3:30 p.m.

The elderly women opened the door and Kramer forced her way in, eventually knocking the woman down a flight of stairs.

Kramer allegedly ransacked the home and fled.

Officers were able to respond to the elderly woman because she was wearing a medical alert bracelet that she was able to activate.

Police finally caught up with Kramer at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center in Austin.  She was arrested in the parking lot.

Officers received multiple calls that she had been seen in the area with one call coming from the executive director at the nature center.

"We had a report that there was a lady they were looking for walking barefooted, and this lady walked by my office window and she was barefooted," said Larry Dolphin. "I thought well there aren't many people walking barefooted this time of the year, so I started to make the contact."

According to Dolphin, a squad of cop cars arrived in the parking lot just moments after he spotted her.

Kramer was taken to the Mower County Jail and is awaiting a formal complaint.

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