Flood Warning issued September 21 at 8:56PM EDT expiring September 26 at 2:00PM EDT in effect for: Hillsborough
Pinellas Park police are searching for a man they say brutally beat a 60-year-old woman at a drive-up ATM and then stole her purse.
"I hurt over here and over here and over here," the victim said pointing to the bruises all over her body.
She didn't want us to reveal her identity. She's living in fear knowing her attacker is still out there.
"Oh my God, I've never got hit like that," she said. "I think I'm going to die or something. I keep trying to hold my head."
The brutal and completely random attack took place on May 26 around 5:30 p.m. at the Bank of America ATM located at 5100 Park Blvd.
The victim had just completed her transaction when the suspect walked up demanding money. Surveillance photos released by police show the man punching the woman through her window.
"He's winding back and he's literally reaching into the car so much so that he's inside the vehicle," said Pinellas Park Police Sgt. Adam Geissenberger.
Geissenberger said the victim was hit so hard her eyeglasses broke.
"I don't know how many times. He just boom, boom, boom, boom," the victim recalled.
The suspect grabbed her purse and took off running. As of Wednesday evening, police were still searching for him.
The victim suffered minor injuries with swelling to her face and left hand.
"You're supposed to feel safe in your vehicle. You're supposed to feel safe in your environment," said Geissenberger.
Police advise always locking your doors and being aware of your surroundings when you're using a drive-up ATM. If someone approaches you, police say immediately drive away even if your card is still in the machine and call 911.
The suspect in this case was last seen wearing a light colored shirt and black shorts with a light-colored Hawaiian design down the side. He is believed to be clean shaven and between 20 and 30 years old.
Anyone with information on his identity is asked to call the Pinellas Park Police Department in reference to case # 2014-34414. Those wishing to remain anonymous may contact Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County at 800-873-8477. You may also text a tip by texting TIP144 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637).