OCALA, Fla. (970 WFLA) – Ocala police are looking for the man they say kidnapped and beat a 69-year-old woman multiple times and then left her unconscious.
It happened Monday night at 9:30 in the area of NW 3rd St. and N. Magnolia Ave.
Police say the woman was volunteering with her church group who were providing meals to those in need. When she got in her car to leave, she discovered a man in the back seat who put a knife to her neck and told her to drive.
She drove east on SR 40 towards the Ocala National Forest and then pulled over at SR 40 and 314a as the man told her to do, police said, and then put a rope around her neck and dragged her from the vehicle. Then, police say he took out a weapon known as a "black jack" and began to beat her with it and when he was done, put her back in the vehicle and demanded her money.
It didn’t end there.
Then, police say the man put the knife back to the woman’s throat and told her to drive back to the city. During this time, police say he put his other hand over the victim's mouth and she tried to bite him; this resulted in him removing her dentures and throwing them out of the car.
Police say the suspect told the woman to pull into a parking lot where he beat her again with the "black jack" until she lost consciousness. Upon waking a short time later, police say she found the suspect gone and made her way to a Metro PCS Store at 1616 S. Pine Ave., where police and medical personnel were contacted and did respond.
Police say the victim had bruising to the face, arms and abdomen as a result of this incident and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.
The description from the victim is that the suspect was a white male, approximately 5'9" in height, wearing a dark shirt, gloves and a mask.
Anyone with information on the identity and/or location of this suspect is asked to contact the Ocala Police Department at 352-369-7000 or to send tips via our mobile mypd app. Additionally, tips can be sent through Crime Stoppers of Marion County at 352-368-stop, www.ocalacrimestoppers.com or by texting to 274637 using keyword 368stop.