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April 20, 2012

Woman in hospital after robbery

Victim says three intruders threw her to ground

— PORUM — A woman was flown to a Tulsa hospital after she told deputies she was injured during an armed robbery.

Muskogee County Sheriff’s deputy Coletta Peyton said a Garden Market employee told deputies three masked men walked into the country grocery on Ross Road about four miles south of Interstate 40 between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m. and robbed and attacked her.

The woman, whose name was not released by deputies, was described as 26 and white.

The woman told deputies she was at a sink in the store, with her back turned to the men as they walked in.

She told deputies that one of the men had a gun, but she did not say whether it was a handgun or rifle.

“She said they apparently came in the door, took the money and threw her to the ground,” Peyton said. “She said they tore her shirt and her pants and told her they were going to rape her, but she said they must have gotten scared or nervous because they left.”

Peyton said the woman didn’t give the sheriff’s department much of a description of the men, other than “one was 6-foot 7-inches, and the other two were around 6 feet tall.”

The injured woman was taken by ambulance to the Ross Road exit off I-40. A helicopter flew her from there to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa. A condition on the woman was unavailable Thursday evening, but Peyton described her injury as serious.

“She said she was thrown down on the ground, and the cement in there is really hard,” Peyton said. “I know they were checking for possible spinal injuries.”

Inside the store, a trash can was kicked over near the sink and magazines and business cards were scattered on the floor below the open, empty cash register.

Deputies investigated a set of tire tracks in the grass to the south of the store. Peyton said that without much of a description of the suspects, those tire marks were deputies’ only clues Thursday evening.

“Right now, we don’t know if they were in a car or truck when they left, and we don’t know which way they headed,” Peyton said.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.

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