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Blind woman robbed, suffers stroke

NORTH COLLEGE HILL, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- A blind woman walking home after buying a milkshake was attacked from behind at her front door. Shortly after the robbery she suffered a stroke, police said.

The 50-year-old woman was walking home along Hamilton Ave. in North College Hill June 26. She had stopped at a McDonald's to buy a milkshake and told police she heard footsteps as she walked to her apartment building on Hamilton Ave. A young man stole her purse on the front steps of her building. Postal worker Aaron Bannister was driving by and saw what was happening.

"I saw her getting up stumbling and I saw him take off. That's what made me stop immediately," Bannister said. "She was saying I've been robbed, I've been robbed."

Bannister chased the young man in his mail truck but eventually lost him. Police found her purse in a yard on Cloverknoll Dr. nearby. $2,000 was missing. The woman had recently cashed a disability check.

"When I talked to her afterward she said she was basically putting her keys in the door to go into the house and he came up from behind her," Bannister said.

As police interviewed the victim she began to lose her balance. Officers called an ambulance.

"Apparently, right after the attack she actually had a stroke while she was talking to the uniform officers and is still hospitalized right now because of that," said Detective Dan Fritz of the North College Hill Police Dept.

Fritz said the woman can neither walk nor talk. Her case is one of three robberies involving elderly or disabled women in North College Hill in two weeks. 

"These people are in no way shape or form doing anything illegal. They are legitimate victims which honestly is very rare," Fritz said.

Meanwhile, Aaron Bannister hopes that police will find the man he chased. He described him as an African-American male in his late teens. He was wearing black shorts, black shoes and a black t-shirt tied around his neck.

"He was maybe about my height. Maybe 5'10" at the tallest and kind of muscular," Bannister said.

Anyone with information about the robbery can call Crime Stoppers at 513.352.3040 or North College Hill Police at 513.521.7171

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