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Investigators: Robbers beat elderly woman in Robeson home

Posted February 16, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— State troopers investigating a car found in a swamp off Atkinson Road in Robeson County found the owner, Lola Nye, badly beaten Sunday in her home about three miles away.

Robeson County resident Jerry Jacobs said Monday that he had spotted the car around 4:30 p.m. and thought it looked like someone had ditched the vehicle there.

"The front part of the car, the wheels and the headlights, were submerged. The headlights were still on. The radio was playing," Jacobs said.

80-year-old woman beaten, car ditched in swamp 80-year-old woman beaten, car ditched in swamp

Jacobs called 911, and a state trooper responded. The driver's-side door was open, and the trooper found the owner's registration.

"We found out who owned the car. We came to her home to check it out," Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said.

Inside the house on South Creek Road, the trooper found Nye, 80, in a pool of blood.

"She had been beaten severely," said Sealey, adding that the crime took place in Nye's home, where she lives alone. Detectives think that someone robbed Nye and stole her car.

Nye was taken to a local hospital and was alert and able to talk to investigators, the sheriff said. Overnight, however, she was airlifted to Duke University Medical Center in Durham, where her condition was not available Monday afternoon.

Sealey said that such violence is almost unheard of in Orrum, a community of 80 people. Residents, likewise, expressed outrage at the crime.

"This is a real quiet community. We have very little crime in this community," Sealey said.

"Whoever done it – to me, they're just not people," Sherry Stephens, of Orrum, said. "They're not human – to do something like that to an elderly person."

At the Orrum General Store, town residents said Nye is a friendly, generous woman.

"She's just a good, Christian, upstanding lady in the community. Everybody loves her," Stephens said. "She's one of those people that would give you the shirt off her back and not expect it back."

Investigators said they expect to make an arrest soon.


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  • XARABELLE Feb 17, 2009

    I think everyone here has made valid comments...now if we can just get criminals to start reading these blogs...kudos to the Trooper for following up so quickly with the car's owner. God knows what the outcome could have been if he had not done his job with such quality!

  • teacher-mom Feb 16, 2009

    Prayers to the family and loved ones.

  • Mom of two Feb 16, 2009

    God bless that woman and i pray fpr her recovery and for those involved caught!!! They should be ashamed!!!

  • thought Feb 16, 2009

    we need to watch our neighbors- especially the elders. Families ned to watch their families to see if they are the type of person to do this- it won't stop everything - but may prevent some situations like this.

  • ShareTheRoad Feb 16, 2009

    takes a real man to beat an elderly woman......what is this world coming to?

  • illegals--GO HOME Feb 16, 2009

    I guess whoever did this thinks that they are a "bad, big man/woman" for being able to beat up a little ole lady and steal her car. There is a special place reserved for people that do these kind of things. Glad the trooper found her in time to get her to a hospital and I hope she recovers soon.

  • One Good Dad Feb 16, 2009

    There are some SICK people in this world. They will stand before God one day and give an account for this!!!

  • chance Feb 16, 2009

    MEAN PEOPLE SUCK! It's nice to see that the Trooper followed through and tracked her down otherwise it could have been much worse. Great job Troopers!!!

  • southernborn24 Feb 16, 2009

    makes me sick too - like the other day when I read about the 80-year old lady who was raped in a house invasion. I SINCERELY hope they are able to solve both of these cases.

  • bigmelons2004 Feb 16, 2009

    Very sad, I am just glad it was not any worse and hope she gets well soon. Oh, and I hope they catch the person or persons responsible, soon.