A Pennsylvania woman is facing attempted murder charges after police claim she drove around for hours with her 77-year-old aunt, hoping the elderly woman’s oxygen would run out and cause her to die.
ABC 16 reports 55-year-old Carrie Trowbridge is facing several felony charges after allegedly trying to kill her aunt, Josephine Delucia, in November. According to court documents obtained by the outlet, the suspect knew her aunt’s oxygen tank would only last for an hour. In turn Trowbridge allegedly kept Delucia, who has a severe respiratory disease, in her car for hours on end, driving aimlessly.
The incident began when Delucia asked Trowbridge to take her to a PNC bank in Dupont. The aunt noticed her bank statements hadn’t been delivered with her mail in a while and she wanted to find out why. The suspect obliged but after she got the elder woman in the car, Trowbridge allegedly rolled up the windows and admitted she had the bank statements.
“I have your statements in my purse. You think I’m stealing your money? You’re going to die today old woman, and I’m going to watch you!”
Afterward, Trowbridge allegedly drove around for close to 10 hours in Lackawanna County while periodically pinching Delucia’s nose. Delucia told police she tried to escape several times but Trowbridge caught her each time and forced her to remain in the car. Eventually, Delucia pretended to be dead, hoping it would convince the suspect to pull over. At that point, Trowbridge reportedly drove back home.
Delucia managed to escape and notified authorities. She later noticed $15,000 missing from her bank account and a credit card opened up in her name without consent, court documents state.
Delucia apparently listed Trowbridge as a beneficiary; money was the alleged motive. The victim has since removed Trowbridge as beneficiary and moved in with different family members.
Trowbridge remains behind bars on charges of attempted murder, reckless endangerment, forgery, and numerous other charges.
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[Feature Photo: Carrie Trowbridge/Police Handout]