Antonio Edwards

Antonio Edwards (Source: Marion County Detention Center)

LEBANON, Ky. (WDRB) - Two elderly women and two female employees are recovering from injuries after a Louisville man assaulted them inside a Dollar General in Marion County.

The Lebanon Police Department says 23-year-old Antonio Edwards of Louisville went inside the Dollar General just before 8 on Saturday and attempted to steal a purse from an 80-year-old woman. 

Edwards then assaulted the woman and two other employees who tried to intervene, police say.

During the incident, another elderly woman who was not involved tried to run from the scene. Police say Edwards chased her down and hit her in the back of the head.

"It was definitely a horrific sight," said Officer Henry Keene, who ultimately arrested Edwards.

At the point when Edwards assaulted the second elderly lady, police had not arrived. That's when a man across the street jumped into action and ran into the store. Police say he pinned the man to the ground and detained him until officers arrived minutes later.

"He detained him, wrestled with him, no strikes blown. Just kind of wrestled him and held him until police arrived," Ofc. Keene said.

Edwards is charged with Robbery 1st, Assault 2nd, Assault 4th, Public Intoxication, Criminal Mischief 2nd, Disorderly Conduct 1st, Terroristic Threatening 3rd, Resisting Arrest, Fleeing or Evading Police 2nd.

"It's pretty crazy if you ask me," said Zacharey Garrett, who lives next door to the Dollar General.

Garrett says the incident was out of the ordinary for the small town, but is thankful for the tight knit community and residents who are willing to help when things take a turn for the worse.

"I was just glad somebody stood up and did the right thing and was a Good Samaritan," he said. "We're blessed to have people like that in our community."

It's still not clear what Edwards was doing in Lebanon, but police say he has been arrested there before on an outstanding warrant- noting that he must have some ties to the area.

Police say it doesn't change the fact that, for the most part, Lebanon is a quiet, safe town. However, Officer Keene says it's a reminder to always be alert.

"Be watchful, be safe, keep your eyes open," he mentioned.

Edwards is booked in the Marion County Detention Center.

Police say all four victims are out of the hospital and recovering from their injuries.

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