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Two charged in connection to attack on elderly woman
NORTH COLLEGE HILL, Ohio (Angenette Levy) -- Police have charged two 20-year-olds with felonies in connection to an attack on an elderly woman that left her with a broken ankle and other serious injuries.
Lashawnda Stevens, 20, and Antwan Hocker, 20, were identified as suspects after their photos were shown on the news Tuesday night. The pair is now charged with receiving stolen property and misuse of a credit card.
North College Hill police searched the pair's home Wednesday evening but they were not there. On June 17, a 78-year-old woman was attacked while walking home on W. Galbraith Road. A mere 12 hours later, Stevens and Hocker were seen using her credit card on a Family Dollar store's surveillance system, according to police.
"While she's laying in a hospital bed getting ready to undergo some major surgeries and all the things from the robbery, they're out going on a spending spree buying phones and brand new clothes and X-boxes and things like that," said Sgt. Ryan Schrand of the North College Hill Police Dept.
The 78-year-old woman suffered a broken ankle and femur along with a dislocated shoulder. She was using a walker to make the trek back to her home when two people attacked her from behind.
"You have an elderly woman walking with a walker who's got her hands full and then you're going to go ahead and attack her from behind," Sgt. Schrand said in disgust.
The victim is recovering at an area hospital. She could be there for at least six weeks.
"I just couldn't believe somebody could be that mean," said Ginny Tucker, who knows the victim.
The attack has left Tucker feeling uneasy. Tucker knew her from the senior center in the neighborhood.
"She used to do ceramics at the senior citizens center. She is a very nice person," Tucker said.
Police said the victim was very independent and enjoyed walking around the neighborhood. They're hoping to talk with Stevens and Hocker soon.
"We definitely want to make an example out of these suspects and make sure that they know that this behavior doesn't speak for everyone in North College Hill and is not going to be tolerated," said Sgt. Schrand.
Anyone with information about Stevens' and Hocker's whereabouts can call North College Hill Police and Crime Stoppers at 513.352.3040.
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