He was taken to Prahran police station, where he is expected to be charged with assault and theft offences.
Penelope was opening Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox church in South Yarra, Melbourne at 6am on Saturday, as she had done for the past 30 years, when she was viciously attacked by ‘gutless’ thugs.
When she approached the entrance, a male and a female approached her trolley before the man punched her and pushed her to the ground.
As she laid helpless, the man then started kicking her, before the pair fled the scene – leaving her lying on the steps where she was found 30 minutes later by a street cleaner who then called the police.
The grandmother-of-six suffered a broken wrist, a fractured pelvis and bleeding on the brain in two spots.
Penelope is now in a stable condition in hospital recovering from her injuries, but there are fears she may never fully recover from the attack.
Her son Evri established a GoFundMe page.