Good Samaritan in Powhatan abduction speaks out

Mary Andersen
Mary Andersen

POWHATAN, VA (WWBT) - A good Samaritan who stopped to help a severely beaten woman on the side of the road in Chesterfield says she's terrified from the experience.

57-year-old Mary Andersen was abducted, severely beaten, and left for dead by a stranger one week ago. Family members say she suffered a broken arm, fractured skull, broken nose and shattered eye socket.

She was found by Tamika Williams, who had just gotten off work and was traveling on Johnston Willis Drive around 11 p.m. last Thursday.

"She had on pjs and a sweatshirt and her shirt was soaked with blood and she had blood everywhere," explained Williams. "It was everywhere. She had so many cuts on her face."

Williams stopped her car and jumped out to help Anderson.

"When I looked up she turned around slowly and then I couldn't believe my eyes. She was terrified," Williams added. She says she now has nightmares. "Every night I see her face. I keep seeing her chest. It was soiled with blood -- so soiled it was sticking to her chest."

Williams says she was afraid but got involved because it was the right thing to do.

Anderson, who teaches special education at Powhatan High school, remains in ICU. Her family says she's slowly improving and could be released from the hospital in four weeks.

29-year-old James Wolfe, a stranger to Anderson, faces multiple charges in the assault. He is being held without bond and is due in court next month.

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