Inola Grandmother Says She Was Followed Home, Attacked In Driveway

Thursday, November 11th 2010, 8:56 pm
By: News On 6

Lori Fullbright, News On 6

INOLA, Oklahoma -- An Inola grandmother was attacked in her own driveway by a man wanting her purse. She believes she was followed home after running errands.

Pauline had run to Catoosa last Friday night, to pick up some medicine at Walgreens, then got a pop from a McDonalds, before heading home.

When she pulled into her driveway and was gathering her items, a man ran right up next to her.

"I was pushing for all I'm worth and I'm screaming," she said. "He said give me everything you've got or I'm going to shoot you. I said, well, shoot me."

At first, she thought it was a joke, but when he made the threat again, her instinct was to hit the horn to alert her son inside the house.

"It's loud," she said. "It's loud."

The robber yanked her keys off her hand, knocked her hands off the horn and was trying to climb across her.

"He knocked my glasses off and roughed me around, to try to get to the purse," Pauline said.

Her son came running out and chased the man to a waiting van, until the suspect shouted to his partner to shoot.

"He said to the driver, shoot him, shoot him, shoot him," Pauline said.

The men took off and their 80's model light blue or white passenger van was caught on video camera when they passed a nearby water district.

The suspect is white, in his 30's with a light colored mustache and was short and squatty.

"It's certainly our goal to make a trophy out of a thug who'd do this a lady like this," said Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton.

Pauline doesn't like the way this has changed her, the fear that is now a part of her days. She agreed to tell her story to warn others.

"If one woman is saved by me going on TV, it's worth it to me," she said.

If you have any information that could help the Rogers County Sheriff's Office, call 918-341-3620.

Pauline says even if she would've had pepper spray or a gun, she wouldn't have had time to use them.

She says she wasn't trying to protect her purse; her instinct was just to get help, which is why she laid on the horn, rather than hand over her bag.