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OAKDALE, Calif. (CBS13) – Police in Oakdale are searching for a man who robbed and beat a blind woman inside her home.

Lonnie Hatsfield, 62, is disabled, legally blind and uses a walker.  She was home alone when a suspect walked through a security door that had inadvertently been left unlocked. 

The suspect demanded money and her wedding rings.

 “I said ‘no’ and he punched me three times in the face,” said Hatsfield. “I kept hollering for help, but nobody seemed to want to help.”

Investigators say the suspect then pulled the rings off her fingers and ransacked the apartment taking money, a laptop and other items.

“And then I got up and I chased him with my walker to the door so I could get my wedding ring back,” continued a tearful Hatsfield who has been married for 47 years to her husband. “And he took the walker away from me and threw it across the room and pushed me down on the floor.”

Hatsfield has not been able to give police a good description of the suspect because she is legally blind.

She is pleading with the suspect to return her wedding ring.

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