Grandmother attacked outside east side home

JoAnn Green speaks with 24-Hour News 8's Daniel Miller (WISH Photo/Jason Thompson)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A 76-year-old Indianapolis mother and grandmother is recovering after she was brutally attacked outside her east side home.

JoAnn Green, who is deaf, talked with 24-Hour News 8 about how she tried to defend herself after a man attacked her.

“I wanted to hit him with my cane, but I couldn’t get it up,” said JoAnn Green.

Green said she just returned home from running errands Monday morning when she was attacked. She thought the man who attacked her wanted directions and tried to help.

“The guy only put four stitches in my head,” Green said.

Two days after she was attacked, Green described the scars and bruises on her face. Injuries she got when the man approached her in her driveway.

“Instantly he was clear up against me and rammed his arm down in my purse to grab the wallet,” Green said. “That’s when I hooked my arm on the purse straps and he started running; dragging me, running sideways.”

Though the entire ordeal, Green said she didn’t let go.

“He jerked the purse away and that’s when I fell face first on to the driveway,” she said. “It wasn’t until I saw the blood that I got worried and that’s when I started yelling.”

Several of Green’s neighbors ran over to help, including Shirley Barton who lives across the street.

“There were lots of people running,” Barton said. “The lady down the street that saw the car.”

“The police believe I was followed; you came here, it’s an isolated area. Easy target,” Green said.

24-Hour News 8 asked Green on paper if she plans on doing anything different to protect herself. She said this incident is not going to keep her from living.

“I doubt it. I’m stubborn and I fight for my rights and I have a right to be on my driveway in 11 o’clock in the morning,” she said.

Green said the suspect used one of her credit cards at a gas station before she was able to cancel them. She’s hoping that will help police catch who’s responsible.

Police are looking for a white man, approximately 30 to 40 years old. He has short hair and a slight amount of facial hair. Police said he left the scene in a white older-style car. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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