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Worcester woman robbed after lottery payout

Worcester police said they have arrested a man and woman accused of assaulting and robbing a 48-year-old woman with cerebral palsy who had just traded in a winning lottery ticket.

On Wednesday, the victim cashed in her lottery ticket for an undisclosed sum at the Shell gas station on Lincoln Street, according to a Worcester police statement.

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Wendy Laporte, 38, and Dawud McKenzie, 26, both of Worcester, are accused of watching the victim collect her winnings, then following her car. When she was dropped off at her apartment, McKenzie pushed her in a snowbank, grabbed her arm, and demanded the money, the statement said.

Police arrested Laporte and McKenzie a short time later and charged them with armed robbery, and assault and battery on a disabled person.

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