Woman attacked near Four Seasons Hotel

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by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News and Photojournalist SCOTT McKENNEY

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Posted on November 13, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 14 at 1:52 PM

AUSTIN -- What was supposed to be a fun weekend in Austin turned into a nightmare for a North Texas couple earlier this month.

"It was supposed to be a nostalgic weekend," said Bill (the couple does not want their last name used). "It was my fraternity pledge class' 20th reunion, [and] my wife and I met in college. We were having dinner. We realized we were really close to Lavaca Street Bar and Grill which is where we had our first date."

After dinner on Nov. 2 the couple went to the bar with friends. Shortly after 2 a.m. Bill headed back to the Four Seasons Hotel downtown where the couple was staying. He said about 10 minutes later his wife headed back.

"It was three blocks and it just didn't occur to her to get a cab to go three blocks," said Bill. "And there were hundreds, if not thousands, of people walking around down there."

As she walked up the driveway just 50 feet from the front door, she was attacked. It just 2:45 a.m.

"A guy just popped up out of nowhere, grabbed her purse, punched her in the neck and took off.," said Austin Police Department Robbery Unit Detective David Gann.

"It knocked her off her feet and she came down and hit her head and it knocked her out. And she suffered a concussion, bruise on her brain. And the main most traumatic thing, if that's not bad enough, the blow. The punch to her neck caused her carotid artery to collapse," said Bill.

Witnesses saw a man jump into an early 2000's model Kia or Hyundai SUV. It was burgundy with tan bumpers and trim on the wheel well and lower rocker panel. There was no spare tire on the back. The license plate number possibly started with "B04" and possibly ends with "M907."

The driver was a black woman in her late 20s. She's between 5'7" and 5'8" and weighs 175 pounds. She was wearing a blue hoodie and jeans.

Police are also looking for two black men. One is in his early 20s between 5'7" and 5'8" and weighs around 200 pounds. Witnesses told police he did not have a big build. At the time he was wearing large diamond stud earrings in both ears, a red baseball cap and a red "80s style" satin baseball jacket with red and white stripes on the cuff.

The other man was young, between 5'4" and 5'5" weighing 120 to 130 pounds. He was wearing a light gray sweater and khaki pants.

The suspects were seen downtown between 2 and 3 a.m. They were last seen going south on I-35.

The woman they attacked spent four days in an Austin hospital before returning home.

"We thought we were getting over the trauma and getting over the nightmare and kind of trying to get our life back moving forward. Knowing that you know she got an injury, and we thought she was going to be okay. And next thing you know we go to the doctor's office and they called us and told us to go to the emergency room, and she had to get checked back into the hospital," said Bill.

The artery in the woman's neck was starting to re-open, putting her at high risk of having a stroke. Doctors feared a blood clot would travel to her brain.

"The fear in her eyes was, I've never seen anything like that before. And she had to hug our children and tell them goodbye, and she thought that was the last time she was going to be able to see our children," added Bill.

His wife was put back into the Intensive Care Unit before being released. She is now on blood thinners and bed rest.

"Forty dollars. You're going to take my wife away from me and the mother away from her children over 40 dollars? It's stupid. It's just stupid," said Bill. 

Anyone with information on the attack is asked to call the Capital Area Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS (8477).

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