‘I’m terrified’: Woman speaks out as Parma police search for man who robbed her at knifepoint

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PARMA, Ohio -- Police are searching for the man who robbed a woman at knifepoint when she pulled up to a neighborhood stop sign in broad daylight. The victim said the incident has shaken her sense of security.

The robbery happened around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Southington Drive and West 54th Street, near Parma Senior High School.

Gina Huler, a mother of three who lives nearby, said she was heading to the library when a man who appeared to be jogging ran up to her driver's side window when she stopped at the intersection.

"I heard him say something, I thought, like 'excuse me' or that maybe he needed help," she said.
Huler said when she rolled down her window, the man flashed a knife and demanded her purse before quickly grabbing it.

"I'm terrified. I didn't know what to do," she said. "You think all the things later. I could've laid on the horn; could've tried to get someone's attention; could've just stepped on the gas and tried to get away from him, but I couldn't do anything but just give him what he wanted."

The man stole credit cards, a checkbook, driver's license and car key fob that were in the purse, according to an incident report.

"Those things can be replaced, but my sense of security can never be replaced," Huler said.

"I'm afraid to leave the house. I'm afraid to let my kids leave the house alone; I always have to be with somebody. It's just terrifying to know that you can't even walk out your front door."

Police described the suspect as a white man in his twenties with brown hair and a thin build, who was wearing a hoodie and sweatpants. Huler told police he hopped into the passenger seat of a blue Ford getaway car, possible a Fusion.

Parma police said there had not been reports of similar incidents in the area, which neighbors described as quiet.

"Anybody that you don't know, anybody that looks strange in the area, a car you're not familiar with, pay attention to those things and report them," Huler said. "We can't have this violence in this neighborhood."

Anyone with information about the suspect or incident was asked to call Parma police.

 

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