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Mendenhall 04/18/04

Great-Grandmother Escapes Death

By Mari Payton

An 81-year-old Mendenhall woman has survived an attack that almost took her life. She was brutally beaten during a robbery last night.

This brave great-grandmother is lucky to be alive.

"I thought he was going to kill me," said 81-year-old Kristine Everett.

Everett narrowly escaped death after a man forced his way into her home Saturday night.

"He took my head and slammed it against the concrete walk and kicked my face," said Everett.

The Mendenhall police said that a man entered Everett's home about 1:30 a.m. after picking the front lock.

"He saw that she had seen him and he went through the kitchen parlor house. And she tried to leave and he attacked her from behind and pushed her down on the pavement," said Mendenhall Police Chief Arthur Walker.

Everett was able to escape to a neighbors house about 300 yards away. She had severe injuries to her face and several broken ribs.

Police describe the suspect as a tall, slender black man wearing a baseball cap. He was also wearing black clothing - a black jacket, dark pants, and a white tshirt. Police have one person in custody. They took fingerprints and are still investigating.

Everett's family doesn't understand what kind of person would do this...and all the man took was her purse.

"She (Everett) made sure that she always locked her doors, had chairs against them," said Vance Dyess, Everett's brother. Everett has lived alone since last June, but until now has never feared for her safety.

"Se would never have known in time to call 911 or whatever had their been some type of alarm," said Dyess.

Now Everett and her family are staying close.

"I'm praying all the time. I pray to god to make this man see what he was doing and if it was the right thing," said Everett.

If you have any information please contact the Mendenhall police department at 601-847-2641.

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