By: Joe Strupp
For the second time this year, two elderly women who deliver The Blade of Toledo, Ohio were victimized by criminals during their morning newspaper delivery run, the paper reported Monday.
Phyllis Rhoton, 71, and Peggy Haresdad, 68, were in the midst of their deliveries at about 6:50 a.m. when a man approached them and started a conversation, the Blade reported. Rhoton was outside the vehicle, with Haresdad in the back seat along with 200 newspapers that were yet to be dropped off.
The Blade said that the man jumped into the vehicle and drove off. The suspect reportedly traveled several blocks before letting Haresdad out.
The same women were in a similar incident on March 4, the Blade reported. In that event, a man hit Rhoton in the face and searched her for money while she was outside of the vehicle. She was treated for her injuries at a local hospital.
The suspect in that incident went to the car, but Haresdad locked the doors and refused to let the suspect in before he fled on foot, the Blade said.