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Woman Assaulted and Robbed by Passenger While Driving

A kind deed was repaid with violence and robbery Monday when a 62-year-old Hope woman was reportedly assaulted and robbed by a family member while she was giving him a ride.

At approximately 8:20 p.m. on Monday, May 20, the victim, whose name is being withheld at this point of the investigation, was transporting the family member, according to her husband, from her house to another one when the assault and robbery occurred. The victim and the suspect were traveling north on S. Edgewood when the suspect reportedly started beating the woman while she drove. The victim drove off the road into the tree line near the intersection with E. Hayward where, according to Assistant Chief Kim Tomlin, the suspect took the victim’s money from her wallet, exited the vehicle and fled the scene.

Tomlin said that at around 8:22 p.m., Hope Police Officers responded to the scene for a vehicle that ran off the road. When officers arrived on scene and made contact with the victim, Tomlin said they determined the driver had been involved in an altercation with a family member. Pafford EMS was requested and responded to the scene. They tended to the victims injuries while officers conducted their initial investigation. She was transported to Wadley Regional Medical Center in Hope.

The victim showed clear signs of assault but was conscious and communicating with EMS and police. Officers examined the vehicle and area and collected evidence from the scene for the investigator.

The victim’s husband arrived on scene, clearly angry and worried for his wife. The husband said that the suspect had been at their house and was around regularly. He said his wife had been helping the suspect out but that he had issues and had caused concern.

Assistant Chief Tomlin said the investigation is ongoing and no arrest had been made as of Tuesday at 5 p.m. Tomlin said what charges the suspect will face are not fully determined yet. Tomlin said that the suspect’s name and further details may be released tomorrow pending further consultation with the investigator.

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