Victim in String of Armed Robberies Recounts Attack

By Megan Trent

February 9, 2011 Updated Feb 9, 2011 at 8:06 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - A victim in the recent string of armed robberies at Fort Wayne apartment complexes is speaking out about her attack and how she struggles to recover from both the physical and emotional injuries left behind.

The suspect is described as a black male in his late 20s or early 30s. The victims include five males and four females in three different apartment complexes - Stone Pointe, West Wind, and Woodbridge. The first attack was December 22, 2010.

Police say he hides behind dumpsters or bushes, and targets people getting in or out of their vehicles. He has grown more violent, often hitting his victims with his gun.

The victim we spoke with says he approached her and told her to drop her purse and that he had a gun. After pushing her into her vehicle, he hit her and stole her purse and medication. Suffering from a concussion, cuts, bruises, and a swollen eye, she was rushed to the hospital for stitches.

"I just can't get over it. I can't sleep. I'm seeing a psychologist twice a week, and not making a whole lot of progress. I'm on nerve pills as well. I'm afraid to be in the dark - only during the day and usually with somebody with me. It's messed up my whole life."

"I'm just really mad at myself, because I'm a very, very cautious person. I always have been. My keys are in my hand. I hurry back and forth to the building to my vehicle. And it's been really hard. And they're saying that he's actually gotten the better of me because of that - because I'm not able to go on."

She says apartment managers need to improve lighting and turn on lights earlier in the evening. She says residents should also keep an eye out for suspicious people and report them to police.

Tomorrow evening Woodbridge Apartments has scheduled a meeting about safety. We'll be there and bring you all the latest details.

Also, the victim in this story is having some trouble finding resources to help people going through these types of situations. She has already spoken with Victim's Assistance through the Fort Wayne Police Department, but is also looking for some additional help. If you have any recommendations (support groups, organizations, etc), please email us at newsroom@incnow.tv and we will get her the information. Thank you.

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