Woman Punched During Parking Lot Robbery Attempt
BROOKSVILLE – Yesterday RNRF reported three stories involving thefts and burglaries to exemplify what experts say is typical trend during the Holiday season. But analysts say violent crime like robberies, shootings, and muggings also increase, and that’s exactly what happened to a Brooksville woman last week when she was mugged in a grocery store parking lot.
Cheryl Wells shared her harrowing experience with a would-be mugger and although bruised battered Wells survived the attack to tell about it.
Around 6:30 p.m. on December 1st Wells says she pulled into the parking lot of Save-A-Lot on Cortez Blvd and sat in her car for a few minutes to read text messages. As she stepped out of the car Wells says she felt someone grab her purse. Wells clutched on tight to her purse and spun to her left to try and pull away from her attacker. That’s when the suspect punched her in the face, released her purse, and fled on foot.
Immediately after she was punched Wells says she “saw stars” and felt a lot of pain her eye. She then sat back down in her car and could vaguely see the suspect running towards Harbor Freight. Wells says her eyeglasses were badly damaged during the attack, making it difficult to provide a description to Law Enforcement. The only thing she could make out was that the suspect was African American and wore a dark hoodie.
Although several Law Enforcement officers, including K-9 and an Air Unit, conducted a thorough search of the area, the suspect was never located.
Wells initially refused medical attention but after she continued to suffer from pain she went to Oak Hill Hospital for treatment. Doctors told Wells that she had severe bruising of her orbital bones and suffered a concussion.
Wells says “I’ve learned to ALWAYS be aware of my surroundings and to stay alert!!!!”
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