• Police: Man punched 84-year-old woman in face, stole her purse

    By: Chris Jose

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    COBB COUNTY, Ga. - Police in Cobb County need your help finding the man who punched an 84-year-old woman in the face in a Publix parking lot.

    Authorities told Channel 2’s Cobb County Bureau Chief Chris Jose that the man attacked the woman in the parking lot of the Publix in Vinings Tuesday morning. He stole her purse and drove away in a silver Toyota Camry.

    Investigators said the Camry has "extensive damage” to the driver's side rear passenger door. Anyone with information on the car or the driver is urged to call police.


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    The victim, Sondra Dillon, said she's still having nightmares about the horrifying experience.

    "I wasn't more than 20 steps away from my car, and he came out of nowhere," Dillon said.

    She said she was meeting a friend at the grocery store when she was attacked.

    "(He) shot out like a bird flying in and stopped the car. (He) jumped out. It was all in a flash," Dillon said.

    Dillon said she doesn't remember much, but knows he punched her in the face and snatched her purse.

    "I think he was a loner person and just needed some money and something to drink," Dillon said.

    Despite all of this, she has a positive outlook.

    "The good part is that I am alive and talking to you," Dillon said.

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