PERRY, Okla. – Perry police are asking for your help finding a man who they say ruthlessly beat a 71-year-old woman before stealing her car.
Investigators say 29-year-old Christofer Christoferson beat up Betty Hewitt in the early morning hours Thursday.
“It made me sick. Why somebody would do that to her,” said Melissa Mon. “She is the sweetest lady.”
“I just don’t know what’s going on in people’s heads. Why you could even fathom taking an elderly woman and beating her senseless like he did,” said Chief Thomas.
Neighbors say Christoferson lives right beside Hewitt, a man she tried to help.
Hewitt told police just before being rushed to the hospital that she paid Christoferson $20 to do some yard work for her Thursday, never expecting he’d come back for more.
Police say when he did come back, he broke the right side of her face before stealing her car.
No one knew until Oklahoma City Police saw a car zoom down Interstate 35 at 105 mph. The driver wrecked and escaped. Police traced the car back to Hewitt’s home and found her seriously injured in the yard.
“They need to beat him up before they put the handcuffs on him because he could have taken anything he wanted because she’s so fragile,” said Gloria Brown.
Brown says her friend has acute osteoporosis, but still makes an effort to greet customers at Wal-Mart.
“You could be down and walk into Wal-Mart and she says, ‘Have a blessed day.’, and you just know you don’t have anything to be upset or stressed about,” said Brown.
Now the community thinks about what they would say to anyone who would commit such a crime.
“I think they’re sick,” said Mon. “And they need help to do something like that to such a loving lady.”
If you see Christoferson, police say call 911.
Also, the community has set up a fund to help Hewitt with medical bills. You can call Exchange Bank in Perry and say you would like to donate to the Betty Hewitt Medical Fund to help.