Suspect arrested in attack, robbery of elderly woman - WSMV Channel 4

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Suspect arrested in attack, robbery of elderly woman

Posted: Updated: Sep 26, 2012 06:33 PM
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Metro police have arrested a man suspected of shoving an 84-year-old Kentucky woman to the ground while robbing her of her purse outside a Nashville medical building.

Todd Drewes, 46, who is believed to be homeless, was arrested Thursday after an investigation that identified him in the robbery of Gerine Gray on Sept. 19 at Premier Orthopedics on Harding Place.

Drewes faces a charge of robbery, and police said at the time of his arrest he was wanted for failing to appear on charges of theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

'Oh, my, this is the end of me'

An 84-year-old woman said she thought it was the end when a man pushed her to the ground and robbed her outside a doctor's office.

Gerine and Tommy Gray were at Premier Orthopedics on Harding Place last Wednesday when a man, who seemed friendly at first, became violent.

The Grays have been married 50 years, and they were simply trying to make an appointment when the trip to the hip doctor took a turn no one was expecting.

"I was on the ground, and I tried to get up. He came over and grabbed my purse from my shoulder. And I yelled, 'I'm being robbed,'" Gerine Gray said.

The Grays were getting some fresh air when they struck up a conversation with a middle-aged man wearing a dark shirt that said "Donate Blood" on the front and "I am Jesus" on the back.

"My husband speaks to everybody, and he said, 'How are you today?'" Gerine Gray said.

Gerine Gray ended the conversation and was heading back inside when the stranger offered the get the door. He rushed her, instead, and stole her purse.

"And then he took his elbow, hit me in the stomach and knocked me backwards. There was no way to keep from falling. I saw the concrete, and I said, 'Oh, my, this is the end of me,'" Gerine Gray said.

Tommy Gray watched helplessly from his wheelchair as his bride was knocked down.

"I heard her holler out. I could tell she hit her head, and that scared me," Tommy Gray said.

The Grays live in Central City, KY, and they make the long 121-mile drive to see a specialist in Nashville. Their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren worried when they got the call about the robbery.

Gerine Gray was has just been released from the hospital with bumps, bruises and broken bones, and Tommy Gray said he would like to break a few bones, too.

"Imagine I'd beat the hell out of him," Tommy Gray said. "Let me get a hold of him."

Police said the suspect got away with about $90. He also took credit cards and checks, but all of those have since been canceled.

If only, the Grays said, they could erase the memory of the horror that easily.

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