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Woman says men stole her wheelchair when she refused to go home with them

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A 65-year-old Dallas woman told police she was robbed of her motorized wheelchair and everything she had on Sunday night as she was heading to church.

Patricia Slaughter has survived two heart attacks and has diabetes and osteoporosis.

She said she was attacked underneath an overpass as she was heading to the church to pick up donated loaves of bread.


"They took all the money that I had to live until the first -- $50," she said. "They took my watch and ring, my ID -- everything."

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Two men pulled up to Slaughter at about 7:30 p.m.

"I guess they just saw me going down the sidewalk and thought, 'Here's an old lady. She's not going to be no trouble,'" she said.

One of the men offered her money to come home with him. When she refused, she was attacked.

"He jumped out of the truck, and they yanked me out of the chair onto the ground," Slaughter said. "I went to get up and he put his foot on my stomach he said, 'You can't do anything lady -- stay down,' and they picked up the chair put it in the back of the van and drove off."

Both men fled the scene on Interstate 30, according to a police report.

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Slaughter said she desperately wants her wheelchair back. She relies on her motorized wheelchair as her primary mode of transportation.

"It's everything," she said. "It's the way I go to the store, to church and everything."

 

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