Disabled veteran attacked at St. Pete Walmart, robber beat him with his own walker

Police searching for blue Dodge Durango
Posted at 11:00 PM, Sep 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-07 07:07:50-04

A disabled army veteran was attacked while walking to a St. Petersburg Walmart around 1 p.m. Friday afternoon. The robber punching him in the back of the head, rib cage, and face before running off with his walker.

“He grabbed me around the neck and he started choking me punching me in the side and the head grabbing for my stuff,” Hardeman said. “Then he threw me to the ground.  Then he took my walker and started hitting me with the walker, then ran with the walker and took off.”

The suspect described as a black male in his early 30’s jumped into a waiting blue Dodge Durango.

“I won’t be going out at night, or by myself,” Hardeman said. “I'm praying they will be caught, you know. If they did this to me, they’ll do it to someone else.”

Hardeman said he has a doctor’s appointment on Thursday to make sure he doesn’t have any fractured ribs. He feels grateful he wasn’t hurt worse.

Hardeman said his attacker had no remorse.

“There were people around and cameras, he didn’t care,” Hardeman said.  

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the St. Petersburg Police Department at 727-893-7780.