KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN)-“It could’ve happened to anybody and actually I could’ve got killed,” cries Dora Hemp.
She is still bruised and bloodied after she was brutally attacked in the parking lot of the Butler Township Walmart around 9:30 Monday night.
The 52-year-old could barely speak as she did an interview with 2NEWS’ Jackie Sprague from her hospital bed at Kettering Medical Center Friday afternoon.
“I’m in pain all the time, My face hurts constantly,” says Hemp.
She was getting ready to take her granddaughter, Jasmine, 3, out of her car when police say this man Dionte English, 25, tried to rob her.
“All I can remember is him saying he wanted the keys to my car and then he wanted my purse and I told him no. And, he just started hitting me in my face,” explains Hemp.
English is now charged with aggravated robbery and felonious assault.
Police say he faces decades behind bars.
“Why would he do something like that? Why would someone do that? I mean, you want money, just ask. Why would you just beat me up like that?” asks Hemp.
Two good samaritans reportedly stepped in to stop the attacked and held him down until officers arrived.
Hemp believes they saved her life.
“I’m very grateful for that because he could’ve killed me,” comments Hemp.
Hemp says she parked in a well-lit area, close to the entrance and she doesn’t know what she could’ve done to prevent it.
A Walmart spokesperson tells us there was a security guard inside the store at the time of the attack, but it’s unclear if there was also one outside.
Hemp hopes this will make you more aware of your surroundings.
“Just don’t go out at night, I guess because, at night, it’s dangerous. I probably could’ve done more in the daytime. I think there should’ve been like a security guard or somebody out there. I just can’t believe that happened,” cries Hemp.
She is scheduled to have surgery on her face Monday.
She doesn’t have insurance so the family set up a fund to help with expenses. You can make a donation at any 5/3 Bank in Hemp’s name.