Elizabethtown Police arrest Radcliff man for brutal attack in mall parking lot
The 61-year-old victim suffered a broken nose and eye socket. Police say she was targeted as she walked out of the Towne Mall Monday night.
Investigators say the suspect, Travis Jeter, was in the parking lot for an hour, waiting to attack someone he could overpower.
"So now we just hope that he gets what he deserves," the victim's nephew Scott Rohlff said.
Jeter was arrested just after midnight Saturday and is facing charges of robbery, assault and drug possession. According to an arrest citation, the 40-year-old told police he's been using crack cocaine on a regular basis since being released from prison in December of 2014.
Police say Jeter matched the victim's description.
"Even though she was as scared as she was, the stuff that was happening was going on, she still got enough description and enough feel about it to be able to tell something," Rohlff said about his aunt. "She had a hold of his hair and she could tell what it looked like by the feel of it."
The arrest citation says Jeter admitted to driving a car with the same "unique characteristics" as the one caught on surveillance. Police also say he has injuries consistent with the attack.
Physically, the woman is expected to be okay but she has several doctors visits ahead. Rohlff says mentally, it'll be hard to get back to normal. He says his aunt had been working at the Towne Mall Sears for 11 years. It's unclear whether she'll return to work.
Rohlff says his aunt is concerned because her purse was stolen and the suspect has access to some of her personal information.
"There's all kinds of things going to go through your mind and you're never really going be secure anymore," he told WDRB News.
Online state records show Jeter has been convicted of robbery in the past.
He's being held at the Hardin County Detention Center on a $250,000 bond.