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Thursday, March 28, 2013, 9:39 a.m.
 

Two sisters who are accused of robbing an elderly woman of her purse outside a Wal-Mart store in Fayette County — sending the victim to the hospital with a broken hip — had three children with them at the time, according to state police.

Brittany Joyce Boyd, 24, and Jenna Shay Boyd, 25, both of 303 Easter St. in the Holiday Mobile Home Park in North Union, had the children in the back of their car when Brittany Boyd attacked Mary Margaret Yourchik, 82, in the parking lot of the South Union Wal-Mart, according to a police criminal complaint.

Brittany Boyd is charged with aggravated assault, robbery, child endangerment, simple assault, theft, access device fraud and criminal conspiracy. Jenna Boyd, who according to the complaint is Brittany's sister and was seated in the car's front passenger seat at the time of the attack, is charged with criminal conspiracy, theft, child endangerment and unsworn falsification to authorities.

Brittany Boyd is wanted on an arrest warrant. Jenna Boyd turned herself in to police on Thursday.

In the complaints, Trooper Timothy Kirsch said Yourchik placed her purse in a shopping cart and was holding onto the bag as she pushed the cart to her car when Brittany Boyd jumped out of a vehicle and grabbed her purse.

“The victim said she told the defendant, ‘You're not getting my purse,' ” Kirsch wrote. “The victim said the defendant responded, ‘Oh, yes I am.'”

A witness, Nicole Kitta, address unavailable, told police she saw a “skinny blonde female” punching and kicking Yourchik during the struggle over the purse. It wasn't until Brittany Boyd kicked Yourchik to the ground, Kirsch wrote, that she was able to take the purse and flee in a white Honda.

Yourchik was taken to Uniontown Hospital, where police said she underwent surgery to insert a rod and three pins in her right hip, which was broken in three places.

Kitta wrote down the Honda's license plate number on her arm, Kirsch said, which enabled police to immediately track the car to the sisters' mobile home. Troopers found the car parked near the residence, towed it to the Uniontown barracks and obtained a search warrant.

In the car, police found items belonging to Yourchik, including an AARP card, a Hallmark greeting card, a Shop 'n Save rewards card and a Panera gift card addressed to “Aunt Mary.” In addition, they found Brittany Boyd's welfare debit card and her Pennsylvania photo identification card in the car, according to the complaint.

Kirsch said that about an hour after the attack, Brittany Boyd asked a man, Amnie Eugene Lawver, to accompany her, her sister and three of their children to the Brownsville Wal-Mart to “use some credit cards she stole from an old woman.” Brittany Boyd and Lawver tried to use the cards at a self-checkout register to purchase $1 worth of candy, but the cards would not work, according to the complaint.

A woman who police identified as Karen Pritchard found Yourchik's wallet on Brashear Street, near a beer distributor and gas station in Brownsville.

In an intial interview on March 22, Jenna Boyd told police she was home all day and had no knowledge of the robbery, according to the criminal complaints. Brittany Boyd called troopers on March 27 and “claimed remorse for her actions and asked if she could turn herself in,” but she remained at large on Thursday.

Jenna Boyd was arraigned before Uniontown District Judge Michael Metros and placed in the Fayette County jail in lieu of $25,000 bond. She faces a preliminary hearing at 3 p.m. Wednesday before South Union District Judge Joseph George Jr.

Liz Zemba is a reporter for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-601-2166 or lzemba@tribweb.com.

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