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Disabled Victim Speaks After Being Assaulted At Grocery Store
Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Lexington County, SC (WLTX) - Linda Canady, 64, spoke to News19 Tuesday after she was violently hit in the face by a can of food in a grocery store parking lot.

Lexington County deputies say a female suspect has been arrested in connection with the assault and robbery of Canady at the grocery store.

According to deputies, the suspect, identified as 21-year-old Whitney Deandra Wilson, hit Canady in the head, then ran toward the Landmark Apartments with Canady's wallet.

Deputies say Wilson will be charged with strong armed robbery and first-degree assault. Previous coverage: Deputies: Suspect Robs, Assaults Woman at Grocery Store

Canady, who is now home from the hospital, says she simply put her trust into the wrong person. "I pray to God that somebody will learn some lesson from this, and they will never be caught in this situation."

After 19 stitches and two black eyes, Canady says she has scars that will never heal.

"I still can't believe it," she says, "I'm in shock right now."

While shopping at Food Lion on St. Andrews Road, Canady, riding a motorized buggy, needed assistance picking up her groceries.

"I saw this lady standing by me and asked for help," said Canady. Police say that lady, Wilson, offered to help Canady as she shopped.

"My nature is that I'm over-friendly and loving and kind warm person, and I just thought she was a sweetheart for offering," said Canady.

Police say after Wilson placed the groceries in the trunk of her car, she got in the passenger seat. Canady never became suspicious.

"I was not afraid. She was still being so kind to me. She reached down, (and hit me) right in my head."

Investigators say Wilson tried unsuccessfully to knock her out with a large can of pineapple. However, she was was successful in stealing her wallet.

"Three seconds, the blood was squirting from my forehead, nose, ears and mouth and everything. I was bleeding all over my head," said Canady. "I want somebody to ask her why didn't she just take the money and run? Why did she hit me? She already had it right there where she could go. Why did she hurt me? She knew I was handicapped already."

With the TV on in her living room, Canady watched as News 19 aired video of Wilson. It was the first time she had seen the suspect since the assault. She clasped her fist closed-- a small amount of closure for a mother now searching for justice. While the injuries to her face will heal, the ones you cannot see, may not.

"She didn't have to hurt me this way. She's hurt me like it will never go away," said Canady.

Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said, "This is an excellent example of how successful cooperation between the public can be. The cooperation of Food Lion and other area businesses were essential in the capture of Ms. Wilson."

Canady is still recovering at home from her injuries. Officials do not believe she has any brain damage.

Source: http://www.wltx.com/news/crimestoppers/article/146956/28/Disabled-Victim-Speaks-After-Being-Assaulted-At-Grocery-Store

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