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Woman robbed, punched in face at ATM in Richmond

Published: May. 6, 2022 at 3:38 PM EDT|Updated: May. 6, 2022 at 11:21 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Richmond police are looking for the man accused of robbing and punching a woman in the face at an ATM.

Around 8:44 p.m. on April 26, police said a man went up to a woman withdrawing money from the ATM along East Belt Boulevard.

Officials said he punched her in the face, stole the money and her bank card, and ran away on foot.

“It doesn’t surprise me that a man would see a vulnerable woman and take advantage of that,” Teisha Moss-Mcfadden said.

Moss-McFadden said she often frequents the Wells Fargo ATMs located in Circle Plaza on East Belt Boulevard, where the robbery happened. These days, Moss-Mcfadden says she won’t go to an ATM alone, on foot or at night.

“Crime of that nature is still happening; it’s still rampant,” Moss-McFadden said. “I make sure that I’m protected. I make sure I’m going to an area that’s well lit.”

Wilson Dowdy has lived on the southside for 26 years. He also works in the area and says that crime will only worsen with times as tough as they are now.

“I knew they had a few issues going on, but I didn’t know it was still just this bad,” Dowdy said. “People are hurting for money, and they are trying to get it any way possible.”

As police continue their investigation, Dowdy says he hopes the thief gets hit with a heavy dose of Karma.

“What comes around goes around. You can’t mess with someone and expect nothing to come back and get you,” Dowdy said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Second Precinct Detective G. Venable at (804) 646-8168 or Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000.

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