Woman, 68, Recounts Brutal Beating From Hospital Bed

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A badly beaten 68-year-old Ohio woman, her face fractured and pummeled to black and purple, decided to recount her ordeal Friday in a stouthearted televised interview to warn other senior citizens to be vigilant of their surroundings.

A Miami Valley Hospital spokeswoman, Nancy Thickel, told The Times that Johnson wanted to speak out to remind everyone, especially the elderly, to be cognizant about what’s happening around them. Though brutish robberies happen, police said it was unusual for both the suspect and victim to both be older.

“I’m standing there talking to my son on the phone, and all of sudden, somebody grabbed me by the hair and the hand, and turned me around, just took his fists and went like that,” Johnson said, feigning a punch.

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