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Woman, 70, attacked in College Park during morning walk, cops say

Well-known dog sitter says attack happened along Lake Adair

Woman attacked Thursday morning while jogging around Lake Adair
Woman attacked Thursday morning while jogging around Lake Adair (WKMG / ERIK SANDOVAL)

ORLANDO, Fla. – A 70-year-old woman was attacked as she was on her morning walk, Orlando police said.

The woman told Local 6 she was walking along Lake Adair in College Park when a guy jumped out of a dark-colored car and attacked her.

It happened in front of the Gingerbread House in College Park around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

"If you live in College Park and you drive around College Park, then you definitely have seen her before," said her neighbor Kathryn Stuart.

The woman is a well-known dog sitter in the area. She told Local 6 she was chased and asked for money. The man appeared to have an accent and when he grabbed her arm, he broke it.

"She's so innocent, she's so frail, like, how could something like that happen? It's just really unfortunate," said neighbor Michael Reilly.

Ask anyone in the area, they'll tell you they know her.

"She's been doing it for years, and years and years," Stuart said.

Neighbors are now putting together efforts to help the woman, who they say for so long has helped them.

"I never saw her with anyone but herself, and wanted to make sure that there were people there to help her and support her through this because this is awful," Stuart said.

The woman is scheduled for surgery Thursday morning. She told Local 6 that if she could tell people anything it'd be not to walk in the dark and certainly not alone. While she didn't a get look at the men, she hopes if anything people will be on guard.