Woman pistol-whipped at grocery store

July 15, 2009 9:17:18 PM PDT
Sugar Land Police are looking for two men who pistol whipped a 61-year-old woman as she walked to her car. She was later transported to Memorial Herman's trauma center with brain hemorrhages. The woman is listed in critical condition, but she is expected to recover.The attack occurred in a service alley behind Keemat Grocery, 2464 Settlers Way, on July 12, at 7pm. The men struck the woman in the head with a black handgun and seriously damaged her fingers as they forcibly removed her jewelry.

Both the victim and her husband belong to the medical field here in town. The attack has many patrons worried, but also a husband who is afraid this might happen to others.

"They are looking for people who cannot defend themselves," said Dr. Avinash Parti, the victim's husband. "I don't know what ran through my mind, but I was virtually shaking."

Dr. Parti was not there when his wife was brutally attacked, but the image of her just moments after that assault is one he won't forget.

"They broke her finger, half of her face was totally blue and she had profuse bleeding," said Dr. Parti.

Shakun Parti, 61, was leaving the Sugar Land grocery store when police said she was viciously assaulted. The suspects, two men both in their late teens or early 20s, were captured on surveillance tape moments before at the nearby bar, Pennison's Pub.

"They went to card one of these young gentlemen and for whatever reason they got nervous, got scared and they walked out," said Sgt. James Davis.

Police believe the suspects then hid in an alleyway where they snuck up on Shakun, beating her to a point that she'd spend two days in intensive care.

Cameras would later spot a red Chevy Monte Carlo driven by a third suspect fleeing the scene.

"I don't think there can be a person lower than that," said Dr. Parti.

Police believe the assault was random and the victim was chosen because she parked near the alley. Shakun, who is expecting her first grandchild next month, is expected to recover from her wounds, but the fear though may take a bit longer.

"The physical trauma is over and now the psychological trauma is starting and that might take months and months, but I hope and pray that it goes away," said Dr. Parti.

The suspects stole some jewelry and a purse with some uncashed checks. They are still on the loose.

The first suspect was described as an 18- to 25-year-old black man; 5'8" to 6' tall; with a large muscular build; tattoos on his arms; and his hair in dreadlocks. He was wearing a white tank-top shirt and black pants.

The second suspect was an 18- to 25-year-old white man; 5'2" to 5'5" tall; with short, light-colored hair; light eyes; and light skin. He was wearing a white tank-top shirt and capris-style or cut-off gray pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call SLPD at 281-275-2540 or Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at 281-342-TIPS (8477).

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