Police: 70-year-old woman attacked at St. Simons Island home

Victim was hit over head with bottle in her carport, police say

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – A 70-year-old woman was attacked in the carport of her St. Simons Island home Sunday morning, the Glynn County Police Department said. 

The victim was getting ready to walk to church about 8 a.m. when she caught a woman rummaging through her belongings inside the carport of her home on Kings Way, who then attacked her as a man came up and hit her over the head with a bottle, police said.

"She had left her house that morning to go to church, she lives just down the street from church, and when she came out to her carport she saw a girl in her carport going through some of her things looking at stuff," said Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering. 

The victim was asked by the woman in her carport to not call police, but she did, Doering said.

"When she did, the girl attacked her and the suspect, the offender, called for help and another suspect, a male, came up and hit her over the head with a Coke bottle. Obviously, that caused some severe injuries to her and the two fled the scene," Doering said. 

The victim suffered injuries to her head and face. She was treated at Southeast Georgia Health System and released. The 70-year-old's son told News4Jax Tuesday that his mother was still very shaken up by the incident.

Police described the two as a white woman in her early-20s, about 5 feet 3 inches tall, 130 pounds with olive-colored skin, very noticeable freckles and long, straight, black hair and a white man in his mid-20s with brown, curly hair and an average-sized build.

They fled the scene in a dark-colored pickup truck or SUV, according to police.

"When they fled, there was a noisy vehicle she described as a rattling as if there was a loose muffler or loose engine part," Doering said.

The close-knit community was shocked by the incident that happened on a quiet, residential road. Guerry Norwood, who has lived has lived on St. Simons Island for 15 years, said crime is rare on the island.

"I was kind of shocked because that doesn't happen very often down here. I think transients come into the village and visit and try to take advantage of somebody," Norwood said.

Norwood said he will now be more vigilant, but added it’s easy to get comfortable on the typically quiet island known for its peaceful scenery. 

"Down here, you really don't have to do that much. So I guess we kind of take it for granted how safe we are all the time," Norwood said.

Anyone with information, or who saw anything suspicious, is asked to contact Investigator Eric Koenig at 912-554-7816. To remain anonymous, call Glynn County's Silent Witness Line at 912-264-1333.