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71-year-old woman beaten, robbed in downtown Savannah garage

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A 71-year-old Savannah woman was attacked over the weekend by two men who police say beat her in her garage, then took off with her car.

It happened near the intersection of Jones and Abercorn streets. The victim remains hospitalized at Memorial University Medical Center. Her arm is broken in two places. Her leg is broken, so is her shoulder and possibly her knee. Her family says that knee and shoulder both have to be replaced.

All this, family and friends say, was done by two men who claimed they were trying to get out of the rain.

"I'm hoping that these two young men are put away, so that they never have to worry about the rain drops falling on their heads again," said Rick MacLennan, a 71-year-old who lives across Jones Lane from the victim.

MacLennan is raising money for information leading to the robbers' arrest.

Police think they're just teens, teens who the victim says walked into her garage about 10:30 Friday night -- right after she'd pulled in -- then grabbed her and punched her head over and over again before throwing her down behind her own car.

"Something has to be done," MacLennan said.

Rolfe Glover lives a couple doors down from the victim. In 2004, he chaired the Police Subcommittee of the Mayor's Public Safety Task Force, a group charged with figuring out ways to bring Savannah's crime down.

"Here we are nine years later," Glover said. "And crime is essentially unchanged. It's still a big problem. Savannah's still a violent city and it shouldn't be."

Asked how he reconciles that assessment with year after year of police saying crime is going down, Glover said, "You talk to your average Savannahian, and they're going to tell you, 'No. We're not safer.'"

Metro's most recent crime statistics, posted last week, show 2013 crime nearly flat over last year. But residential robberies have gone up 54 percent. 

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