Woman, 87, carjacked, kidnapped from Galleria

CENTERVILLE — An 87-year-old woman was carjacked and kidnapped Monday morning from the parking lot of The Galleria in Centerville before she was left on a dirt road off U.S. 41, police said.

Nellie Robinson, of Warner Robins, suffered a broken arm in the carjacking and kidnapping about 10:30 a.m. Monday in the parking lot near Belk, said Centerville Police Chief Sidney Andrews.

The carjacker was described as a black male, 6 feet tall, weighing 180 pounds, with black hair and wearing a tan jacket, Andrews said.

He was last seen driving the victim’s car, a blue 1997 Buick Park Avenue, Andrews said.

Glenda Simpson, of Warner Robins, the victim’s niece, said Robinson was getting into her car after shopping at Belk. Robinson had her key in the ignition and her door open as she was putting her purse down, Simpson said.

The carjacker shoved Robinson down and slipped into the driver’s seat, Simpson said.

Robinson was shoved so hard that her head went into the floorboard and her feet were near the console, Simpson said. The carjacker held her by her right arm as she screamed and struggled to get away, Simpson said.

“She was fighting him,” Simpson said. “She was screaming.”

Robinson’s arm was broken in the struggle, Simpson said.

The man drove her down Clever Road, a dirt road off U.S. 41, and robbed her — taking about $50 in cash from two bank envelopes she had in her purse, Simpson said. The man left her by the side of the road and drove off. Robinson walked along the road until she came to a subdivision, where she went to a house and police were called.

Simpson said she was upset to learn that there was no video surveillance outside the mall where the attack occurred. Andrews said only Sears has outside cameras, and that police have encouraged outside surveillance video for the mall. Andrews said he believes this is the first carjacking at the mall. He said he has been with Centerville police for 10 years.

Jana Reeves, the mall manager, declined to comment.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Centerville police Sgt. Chuck Hadden at (478) 953-4222.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.