Woman, 82, attacked at home
David MacAnally/Eyewitness News
Neighbors are asking who could do something so violent to a great-grandmother after an 82-year-old woman was robbed and pushed down the basement stairs of her own home Tuesday. It happened on the city's east side on East 21st Street near Emerson Ave. at around 2:00 pm.
Evelyn Jackson waited with a broken hip at the bottom of her basement stairs for more than eight hours until she was found by her great-grandson, Scotty Smith.
"I stuck my head inside, I called for her," Smith said. "Then I saw her at the bottom of the basement stairs. She's very fortunate. I'm so glad we could find her."
Jackson was taken to the hospital, where it was determined she suffered a broken hip and other injuries in the fall.
Metro Police say Jackson had just returned home from the grocery store when a man approached her. He asked her where Ralph was, and when she told him she didn't know anyone named Ralph, the man pushed her down her basement stairs.
"What they did to her was wrong and they are going to get theirs," Jackson's neighbor, Terri Tinsley said. "Might think they got away with this but they will get theirs, you better believe it."
It's possible the suspect stalked her home. She told police she saw the same man walking nearby minutes before the attack.
Terri Tinsley said her neighbor is very friendly. "Most of the time she is on her front porch feeding the birds and reading her newspaper," she said.
Police say $200 was stolen from the woman, along with her wallet, debit and credit cards and a cell phone.
The suspect is described as a black male in his thirties, with a mustache, a white T-shirt and black shorts. Call 262-TIPS with any information related to this case.