Olentangy Valley News

Woman accused of robbing Lewis Center octogenarian

A woman who assaulted a nun during a 2007 robbery has been accused of a similar crime after an incident Saturday, Aug. 2, in Lewis Center.

The Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Team, in cooperation with the Columbus Police Department and the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, arrested Emmie Jo Lowery, 42, about 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5, in the 1400 block of Manchester Avenue in Columbus.

Law enforcement officials allege Lowery followed an 80-year-old woman home about 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 in the Village at Walker Woods condominiums in Lewis Center. Lowery then allegedly ripped the victim’s purse from her arm and fled the area. Within an hour, the victim’s credit card had been used at multiple locations in north Columbus, according to sheriff’s reports.

The victim was not seriously injured in the incident, reports said.

“This crime constitutes a vicious attack on one of our community’s most vulnerable citizens. It was a deplorable act, and I'm very pleased the Marshals Service could work with our local law enforcement partners to quickly arrest the perpetrator," said Peter C. Tobin, U.S. marshal for the Southern District of Ohio, in a news release.

According to a news release from the U.S. Marshals Service, Lowery has a “lengthy prior criminal history.” Lowery pleaded guilty to a robbery charge after she allegedly shoved a Catholic nun while attempting to steal an unattended purse from St. Matthias School in north Columbus in November 2007. Lowery was sentenced to four years in jail for her role in the robbery, according to court records.