Woman arrested for allegedly attacking elderly woman on Phoenix light rail platform

PHOENIX (TV3/CBS 5) — Officers arrested a homeless woman for allegedly attacking a 70-year-old woman on a Phoenix light rail platform earlier this month. The attack happened on July 7, just before 3 p.m., on a Valley subway platform near 3rd and Jefferson Streets in downtown Phoenix. Court documents say the 70-year-old, who has difficulty seeing and hearing, climbed onto the platform where Delphine Janet Jose, 46, was standing a few feet away.

Court documents say Jose started yelling at the older woman, walked over and punched her in the face. The 70-year-old was hit so hard she knocked off her bifocals and hearing aid and fell to the ground. Jose then allegedly removed a portable fan from the woman’s neck and began beating her with it until others on the rig came to help the woman, according to court documents. The woman had a bruised nose and cuts on her arms after the attack. She told the police that she did not know José or why she attacked her.

On July 15, Phoenix police arrested Jose near 19th Avenue and Camelback Road, but did not say what led to his arrest. Jose was convicted on multiple counts including aggravated assault, adult abuse, disorderly conduct and criminal damage. She is due in court later this week.

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