Evidence collected following an alleged robbery on Sunday, Feb. 3 is being analyzed at the forensic lab in Roanoke, Patrick County Sheriff Dan Smith said on Monday.
The alleged incident occurred around 8 p.m. on Feb. 3, after a 75 year- old woman arrived at her home in the Goblintown community of Patrick County, Smith said.
As she tried to enter her home, a man allegedly approached her and forced her pocketbook from her, causing her to fall to the ground, according to a release from Smith.
The woman eventually managed to get into her home, but she was physically unable to phone for help once inside.
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, around 5:30 p.m., a family member found the elderly woman lying face down inside the home and contacted the sheriff’s office, the release stated. Deputies and rescue members responded to the scene. The victim was hospitalized. Her condition is improving, according to a release.
Before the alleged incident, the woman told authorities she was followed to her home by a small white vehicle that pulled into her driveway behind her vehicle.
“Someone out there knows who did this. Don’t let this weigh on your conscience,” Smith said in a release.
The suspect is described as a tall, skinny male wearing a dark hoodie. A second male remained in the vehicle, according to the woman. The sheriff indicated the woman could not determine the race of the two men.
A substantial reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Smith confidentially at (276) 692- 7012, Investigator Steve Austin at (276) 692-5950 or Investigator Tennille Jessup at (276) 692-5885. You do not need to reveal your identity to give information.