GALVESTON, Texas – Galveston police said they are looking for suspects responsible for pistol-whipping a 72-year-old woman during a robbery at a Kroger in Galveston Monday.
Officers said the violent incident happened around 10 p.m. at the store located at 5730 Seawall Blvd.
Two armed men approached the woman and a 22-year-old man in the store’s parking lot while they were putting up groceries and pistol-whipped them multiple times, investigators said.
“It happened so quick that they forced the elderly lady into the vehicle and then the young man onto the ground when they were struck,” said Lt. Joel Caldwell with Galveston Police Department. “They’re obviously violent. We need to get them off the streets.”
“It’s horrifying and so frightening that anybody does that to anybody, but especially of some age,” said Adrienne Cochran. “Someone sounds pretty heartless, and someone who is extremely desperate. I try to understand the other side sometimes, but it’s difficult to do.”
“They’re disgusting. Absolutely disgusting. Give me a break,” said Lynn MacKay. “It’s a risk and it’s really bad. You can’t even go shopping and be safe anymore.”
Police said the two suspects, who are described as men with facial tattoos wearing a red hoodie and black hoodie, took off in a white sedan or possibly a Honda with no rear license plate. According to officers, they got away with some jewelry.
Anyone with information on this case or on the suspects involved is urged to call Galveston police at 409-765-3702.