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Augusta Mall Shopper, 80, Struck with Gun by Armed Robber Who Wanted Her Red Bag


Richmond County deputies are investigating after an 80-year-old Grovetown woman was robbed at gunpoint outside the Augusta Mall at Macy’s.

Deputies were called to the parking lot of the mall around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said. On scene they located the woman who had a bloody laceration on the top left side of her head, above her eye.

The elderly Grovetown woman told deputies she was robbed by a man who pointed a gun at her and threatened to shoot her.  The man then stole her red bag, which contained her black cell phone and a wallet inside.

When the 5-foot-4-inch tall woman fought back, the man hit her in the head with the gun once and fled.  The woman was evaluated by EMS on scene and taken to the hospital for further treatment.

Deputies later recalled having seen a black male running through the mall parking lot carrying a red item. The call for the robbery came in minutes later.  The man was wearing a black shirt and tan pants. He was bald with a thin build.

Deputies reviewed security camera footage and watched as the man got into a tan/silver sedan which was missing two front hub cabs. The vehicle did not have a state license plate. The man then continued driving toward Wrightsboro Road.

Deputies continue to investigate.

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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