Surveillance video of robbery and attack released 5 years after crime


Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 6:14 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - Louisville police are shedding new light on a cold case.

A woman was beaten in a store robbery and for the first time we are hearing from her and we are getting our first look at the surveillance video from that early morning.

This case gives new meaning to "smash and grab" after a suspect violently punched a store clerk in the face.

And police say it was for a ridiculous amount of cash. It's a case that's eluded police for five years.

The man walked into the Speedway gas station at the 1200 block of Shelbyville road and robbed the clerk.

The clerk is a woman, we'll call Stephanie.

The incident happened around 4:00 a.m. on February 10th 2004.

A stocky black man about 6'0 tall walks into the Speedway and gets a pack of cupcakes.

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Stephanie walks around the counter when he violently punches her in the face, knocking her unconscious.

"No words were exchanged on his part at all and the next thing I know, I woke up on the floor," she says.

Stephanie suffered major injuries. She had a shattered bone in her face that required facial reconstruction.

The bruises have healed but she still suffers post traumatic stress disorder.

"I have trouble sleeping. Sometimes I'm irritable and that didn't come into a couple years later," she says.

Some may call Stephanie brave. She returned to work after the robbery.

Police say there is little evidence except for the surveillance video.

It is a case they believe can be solved only with help from the public.

The suspect is described as a black man in his 40's. He's 5'8 to 6'0 tall and weighs about 220 pounds.

He has light black skin with pock marks or acne, a stocky build.

Anyone with information should call police with anonymous tips at 574- LMPD.