NBC10 Philadelphia - Dawn Timmeney
Ellen Dennison, 66, says she was robbed and beaten after withdrawing money from the ATM inside the Lucky 7 grocery store on N. 57th Street. Police have released surveillance video of the robber and want your help to catch him. NBC10's Dawn Timmeney spoke to the beaten victim.
Philadelphia Police are looking for a man who they say beat and robbed a woman in Philadelphia on Friday, August 3.
Investigators say that around 9 a.m., Ellen Dennison, 66, was withdrawing money from the ATM inside the Lucky 7 grocery store on N. 57th Street.
This surveillance video caught a man watching her make the withdraw.
Police say that when Dennison left the store, the suspect followed her onto the 5700 block of Cherry Street where he grabbed her, began punching her and demanded that she give him all her money.
"He started beating me in my face," said Dennison. "I started hollering and kicking him."
Dennison tells NBC10 someone nearby heard her cries as she fought for her life.
"This lady came out and he must have saw her and then he ran away."
The suspect fled the scene with Dennison's purse which contained an ATM card and cigarettes, according to investigators.
He left Dennison on the ground, beaten and unconscious.
She was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and treated for multiple facial fractures, police said. She also told NBC10 she had to have her eye operated on as a result of the beating.
"I aint been through anything like this before," said Dennison. "It's kind of scary."
Dennison tells NBC10 she wont go to the ATM alone again and plans to be more careful.
"I'll protect how I go out now," said Dennison. "I'll look around every corner."
The suspect is described as a black male with a dark complexion. He was last seen wearing a dark green T-shirt, tan cargo shorts and black sneakers. He was carrying a black hooded sweatshirt.
Police say the suspect should be considered dangerous.
If you can identify the man in the video or know anything about the crime, you're urged to call Southwest Detectives.
"I really want him put away," said Dennison. "So it won't happen to anyone else."