- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 4, 2005


Police were searching yesterday for a man caught on a surveillance videotape punching, kicking and robbing a woman in Washington’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood.

The 83-year-old victim, whose name was not released, was attacked about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday outside a building on 24th Street Northwest near George Washington University, authorities said.

“It was a brutal beating,” Metropolitan Police Commander Robert J. Contee said yesterday. “No one should have to experience anything like that.”

Images recorded by a security camera show the man approaching the woman from behind as she pushed a cart into the loading dock of the Potomac Plaza Terrace apartment building, where neighbors said she has lived for more than 30 years.

After a verbal confrontation, the man punched the woman in the jaw, knocking her to the ground. He then continued to hit her in the face.

The man took the woman’s wallet and other property before fleeing, police said.

“It just speaks to the level of violence that should be unacceptable to anyone in this city,” Cmdr. Contee said.

The woman, who sold everything from T-shirts to umbrellas near the Foggy Bottom Metro station, suffered injuries to her nose, eyes and head. She was in stable condition yesterday, authorities said.

She was heading home from work when the attack occurred, neighbors and police said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call police at 202/727-9099. A reward of up to $10,000 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

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