FRANKLIN, Va. (WAVY) - Franklin Police need help finding a man who attacked and robbed an elderly woman.
Capt. T.W. Whitt with the Franklin Police Department said the owner of B&B Cleaners on North Franklin Street was robbed as she left her business Thursday around 7 p.m..
10 On Your Side's Anne McNamara spoke to her Wednesday after the attack.
"He grabbed me around my neck and I pulled down on his hands," said Lynda Bond, the 72-year-old victim. "In a day's time, I had this nice bruise here and quite a few others."
Bond went to the hospital because she was concerned the attack may affect her pacemaker. She was released with bumps and bruises.
But the robber got a bruise or two himself.
After he pushed Bond to the ground, she kicked him with strength she didn't know she had.
"And I kept right on kicking until he got out," said Bond.
The attacker took off with her purse, her cash, and important cards. He left her lying on the floor of her office, reaching for the phone.
"I couldn't even think what I needed to dial, whether it was 911 or 999," she said. "And when I finally looked at the little screen on it, it was all 9s across it. Then I had to figure out how to get them off because being of age is not easy!"
Bond has worked hard all her life. She starting the cleaners with her husband in 1972, then took over the family business when he died.
"Here I am trying to make a living for several people that work for me...make things easier for them...and here he [the suspect] is trying to tear it down," said Bond. "It's just frustrating."
Her frustration is eased by the help of customers who have become friends. Before the attack, Bond never realized how many she had.
"They have just been so great to me," she said. "They called and wanted to know if there was anything they could do. It just warms your heart to know there are people like that."
The suspect got away with cash, but it is not clear how much is missing.
Franklin police described the suspect as a black male in his 20s, wearing a shorts and a rag across his face at the time of the robbery.
There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Tips to Franklin Crimesolvers can remain anonymous.
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