Authorities are searching for a woman in Texas who reportedly kidnapped an 85-year-old elderly lady, beat and stabbed her, then tried to rob her before fleeing from a gas station.
Fox4 reports that police accuse of Lesia Ann Coco, 49, of arriving uninvited to the elderly lady’s Irving home, where Coco once worked while caring for the victim’s husband. Coco somehow managed to convince the victim, who wants her name to remain anonymous, to get in the car with her. The suspect promised the victim she could help her find her missing jewelry, according to authorities.
Police said the suspect drove the victim to a remote area near Arlington, and announced her plans to rob and kill her. Coco allegedly stabbed the elderly woman numerous times before pummeling her with her fists. Despite the blows, the victim fought back and held on. She starting singing gospel hymns and when it distracted Coco, the victim opened the door and escaped. The suspect fled from a Quik Trip gas station at the 4200 block of South Collins Street in Arlington.
“She just said, ‘We’re not going for your jewelry. This is a robbery, and I’m going to kill you,’” Gail Simmons, the victim’s daughter-in-law said. “She had quite a few injuries from the stabbing with the knife, cutting with the knife on both sides of her mouth, stabbing on her arm and in her abdomen.”
The victim is recovering in the hospital and expected to survive.
Meanwhile, the suspect remains on the run. The victim’s family said Coco previously threatened to kill them on two occasion. They’re currently looking for another home in a “secure location.”
Coco has previous criminal convictions, including theft and fraud in 2011.
Anyone with information on Coco’s whereabouts should contact Irving police at 972-273-1010. It’s still unclear what type of vehicle the suspect was driving when she fled.
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