Man beaten, robbed at Walmart gifted walker

Anjuli Davis reports

- The wounds on Jeffery Hardeman's body are still fresh and he says his confidence will likely never be the same.

Last Friday, Hardeman was running a quick errand at the Walmart on 34th Street North in St. Pete. He says a man robbed him in the middle of the day in the store parking lot,  knocking him to the ground and using Hardeman's own walker to beat him.

"I thought I could be safe during the day. After that happened, I thought , 'I can't go out at night, I can't go out during the day," Hardeman said Wednesday.

The man took off with all of Hardeman's money and his walker. But Wednesday morning, an anonymous Fox 13 viewer heard the story and had to help out. She donated a brand new walker to Hardeman.

The woman, who doesn't want to be identified, says it belonged to a family member who passed away. She's just happy to pay it forward.

"Everybody has their own problems and their own lives and everything else. For her to go out of her way to take the walker down to the station and want to talk to me, it gives me faith in people," Hardeman said.

Hardeman says it's just the kind of gesture his heart needed to heal.

"I just thank her so very much. I know God is looking down and blessing her for what she's done for me," he smiled.

St. Pete police say so far, they haven't gotten many good leads on this case.  Police describe the suspect as a black man in his late 20's to early 30's, around 6 feet tall, and weighing about 200 pounds. They also think he may have left the scene in a blue Dodge Durango. If you have any information, you're asked to give them a call.

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