JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police are searching for a person who attacked and robbed an 84-year-old man outside a Vystar Credit Union on Jacksonville's Westside during the morning of Sunday, July 3.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Norman Jeune had just retrieved money from the ATM off Wabash Avenue, when the robber struck him in the head, knocked him down and took his wallet and more than $100 out of his hand before leaving the area in a black vehicle.
"A man approached me as I walked back to the car. I was approached by an individual that struck me in the side of the head. As I went down, he took my wallet and robbed me," Jeune said. "He got in the passenger side, and they went up to Roosevelt (Boulevard), heading north."
The victim, who's a former officer, said it happened in an instant.
"If I could've helped the young man, I would have. He was just there for a reason and he pursued that," Jeune said.
When News4Jax spoke with Jeune, he still had bruises on his eye and arm from the incident. He said he wants to alert other elderly people before the same thing happens to them.
"As the police officer said, try to go to the bank, especially older people, when it's busy. And, maybe, instead of using the ATM, go inside and do your business, come back out. Try to go when there's people in the area," Jeune said.
When using an ATM, people should be aware of their surroundings, News4Jax crime and safety analyst Gil Smith said.
And if something doesn't feel right, Smith said, go to another bank.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.