Reporting Lisa Fielding
FOREST PARK, Ill. (WBBM) - Police said the suspects – two men and a woman – watched the elderly woman inside the Ultra Foods Store at 7520 Roosevelt Road on February 11th and then followed her to the parking lot where the severely beat her.
Forest Park Police Chief Jim Ryan said the woman was loading store items in her car when she was viciously attacked.
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When the woman refused to give up her purse, one of the men dragged her, knocking her down, and then kicked her several times in the head. Police said they think she was targeted because she was elderly and presumed as frail.
“We were watching the video from inside the grocery store and as the female entered, it was obvious that the three individuals followed her into the store and followed her throughout the store as if they were stalking her. They had no intent of grocery shopping,” according to Ryan.
The victim was seriously injured in her left eye, face and arm. She underwent surgery for a broken eye socket and will also need extensive dental reconstruction.
Police released photos from a store surveillance camera. They are looking for all three suspects. They left the area in a silver Crown Victoria or Mercury Marquis with possible damage to the passenger’s door. Anyone with information should call the Forest Park police department.