67-year-old Fruitland Woman Was Attacked and Robbed

A 67-year-old Fruitland woman was attacked and robbed after giving a ride to a woman she met at the East Main Wal-Mart.

The San Juan County Sheriff’s Office reports that the older woman had been shopping at Wal-Mart when she was approached by an American Indian female in her mid-20s to mid-30s. “The woman asked the victim for a ride home, but was unable to give an exact address as to where she lived,” Det. Lt. Cordell Tanner said.

The older woman drove the young woman to a remote area near Mile Marker 103 on New Mexico 371, when the younger woman asked her to pull over so she could use the restroom.

“Upon pulling off the road, the victim noticed another vehicle pull in behind her,” Tanner said. “As they came to a complete stop the female suspect pulled out a pistol and began beating the victim repeatedly with the butt of the pistol.”

An unidentified man, described as an American Indian male in his mid 20s to mid-30s, from the other vehicle approached and also began to beat the older woman.

“The victim informed deputies that the suspects tried unsuccessfully to get her out of her vehicle,” said Tanner. “After beating the victim, the suspects took her purse, cell phone, and keys and fled the scene in the second vehicle.”

The victim managed to get to the highway and flag down passerby for help. She was transported to San Juan Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Senior Amanda Ollinger posted yet another double-double, scoring 25 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to lead the Lions in both of those categories. The future Iowa Hawkeye also led Linn-Mar in steals and blocks with four apiece in those two stat columns as well.

Sophomore Kamryn Finley scored 14 points, Ally Johnson chipped in eight points off the bench and Alie Akers sent home two three-pointers to finish with six points. Claire Larson and Megan Murphy scored four and three points respectively off the bench to cap off the scoring for the Lions.

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