OKLAHOMA CITY - An elderly woman is recovering from being attacked at a popular walking trail near Lake Olverholser.
It’s her favorite place to exercise.
“If you want to continue living, you have got to be active,” she said.
She walks more than 10 miles a day for the last 20 years and, in all that time, she’s never had a problem.
“Never had issues,” she said.
Until a few days ago, when her routine walk took a turn.
Leaving the trail onto N.W. 10th, she noticed a black vehicle drive by her slowly more than once.
“I started to run, then,” she said.
She said the vehicle pulled over, two men got out and, before she knew it, she was tackled to the ground.
“They threw me down and kept yelling 'Where’s you f****** money?' I said 'I don’t have any,'” she said.
That’s when she said one man ripped out the pockets of her shorts, all the while she struggled to get free.
“He was a lot bigger than I was, and then the other guy came along and, with the two of them, there was no getting away,” she said.
Realizing she didn’t have money, she said the men sped off.
She was bruised and terrified but made it to a gas station and called for help.
Police found the vehicle and the two men a short distance away.
Eddie Macias and Anthony Norris were taken to jail.
“They see someone who looks vulnerable, and they think they can make a quick score,” she said.
As for the active 79-year-old, she’ll have to take a break from walking.
“I had some abrasions here and there. The clothes were torn up. It may take me three or four months to recover from this,” she said.
And, when she decides to walk her favorite trail again, she will likely pick a new route.
Macias and Norris were booked into jail on multiple charges, including aggravated assault and drug possession.
The elderly woman suffered a fractured hip.