Robber attacks nation’s oldest park ranger, steals presidential coin from her home

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a robber attacked the nation’s oldest full-time park ranger in her San Francisco Bay Area home and made off with a coin she received from President Barack Obama.

Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan says 94-year-old Betty Reid Soskin was awoken around midnight Monday by an intruder who punched her several times in the face. He dragged her out of the bedroom and beat her again.

She crawled away and locked herself in the bathroom until the robber left.

Police say the thief stole her cellphone, iPad, laptop, camera, jewelry and the coin the president gave her when she lit the National Christmas Tree at the White House last year.

Soskin works as an interpretive ranger at the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond.

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