More charges against suspect in robbery of elderly woman

A new set of charges have been filed against a 56-year-old man who preyed on elderly women whom he allegedly stalked and robbed last December.

The newest set of state police charges against Reuben McDowell, of 640 Grace St., stem from him allegedly stealing a purse from an 84-year-old woman’s home on Lose Avenue in Loyalsock Township on Dec. 11.

Court records implicate McDowell in the theft of another elderly victim’s purse from Giant on the same day, police said.

Jailed in the Lycoming County Prison since Dec. 20, McDowell, an admitted crack addict, has been arraigned before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman on a total of 22 additional criminal charges and recommitted in lieu of $250,000 bail.

He recent waived his preliminary hearing on all the charges.