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Crimestoppers: 64 year old woman beaten, robbed
Rochester, N.Y.-- The breeze had finally cut the heat of the day. Sitting on the porch at 245 Parcells Avenue and conversing with her friend, Bernice Ladd lost track of the time. It was after midnight - and technically Sunday morning- when the two of them walked to her car.
"We didn't even see these young men, we don't even know where they came from," she said.
"They had on a mask and they had on dark hoodies so we couldn't see…all we could see was eyes. He went to grab my purse and he said gimme (sic) your purse."
Ladd is a minister. She says her first instinct was to invoke the name of the Lord and to resist. Then she heard the click of a gun.
"He clicked it and I looked down and saw it in the front of his pants," she said. "He didn't have it pointed towards me, it was pointed down."
Investigators say one of the men beat the 64 year old woman in the head with the gun, forced her partially to the ground and grabbed her purse.
"Not only was she minding her own business she was actually there helping (her friend) and for her to be attacked like that," said Investigator James Woodward of the Rochester Police Department. "This was especially egregious."
Police need help solving this crime. The two men ran off on foot so it's likely they are from the neighborhood or surrounding area. Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at 423-9300.
Bernice Ladd still has a painful bruise on the arm she used to brace her fall. She says she wants the men caught but also plans to use her ministry to help address the violence.
"When it comes closer to home, it just makes you more aware of what's going on in our community and it's not to be taken for granted," she said.