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Police say woman brutally attacked outside Elizabethtown mall was targeted

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Police say the suspect fled the scene in this dark colored Ford F150 pickup truck. Police say the suspect fled the scene in this dark colored Ford F150 pickup truck.
ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say a woman brutally attacked in a mall parking lot was targeted.

Family members say the victim worked at the mall for 11 years and never had any problems, but Monday night after shopping, she was attacked.

"We want this guy, okay?" said Virgil Willoughby of the Elizabethtown Police Department. "We want him very badly."

Elizabethtown Police don't have any pictures of the suspect -- only a vague description: a taller black male, with braids.  

Grainy pictures show the dark F-150 pickup he was driving. It has a bedcover. 

Police say he waited in the Sears parking lot at the Towne Mall in Elizabethtown for an hour, waiting for the right opportunity: someone he could overpower.

Police say he saw a 61-year-old woman and made a beeline for her car.

"At this point in time he tells her he's got a gun," Willoughby said. "He pushes her into the car, grabs her purse asking for the keys."

The victim was hit hard several times, left with a broken nose and eye socket. The suspect got away with her purse.

"These punches -- it could have killed this lady," Willoughby said.

"It upset me quite a bit to know she's in this kind of pain," said Shirley Barr, the victim's sister. "She didn't deserve it."

Coming out of the mall on Monday night at 7:45, the victim was parked closed to an entrance in the front row.

"There's lots of women that go shopping by theirself anymore and they don't even think that when they leave the mall that something like this could happen to them," Barr said.

The victim is out of the hospital. She is expected to be okay. 

If you have any information regarding the suspect, you are asked to call the Elizabethtown Police Department at 270-765-4125. You may also call Hardin County Crimestoppers at 1-800-597-8123.

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