Hawkins County

Daughter fights mother's attacker outside of store

Daughter defends mother

HAWKINS COUNTY, Tenn. - Going to the Dollar General Store down road is nothing out of the norm for a mother and daughter.

"The Dollar General store is between both of us. It's a place we frequent," said Jessica Cradic.

But this past Thursday afternoon's visit was everything but routine; waiting at the Church Hill store was a man who didn't come to shop. "He walked up smiling at me. I smiled back as I would to anybody. I wasn't expecting him to hit me. I really wasn't. I hit the ground. I didn't know what happened. He had knocked the breath out of me and when I looked up I saw [my daughter]," said Sandra Lane.

Lane tells News 5 the man attacked her just before she walked through the doors of the store. Thankfully, her daughter was inside of the car and jumped out to help. "I started hitting him, I started hitting him in the back of the head to tell him to get off of my mom," said Cradic.

Cradic tells News 5 she was able to get the attacker off of her mom, but he took off before they could call 911.

Lane suffers from multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. She believes her attacker was preying on someone who is disabled to get money or prescription drugs.

Cradic admits she put herself a very dangerous position, but she says her mother's attacker didn't stop her and she won't ever be stopped. "I would do it 10 times again and again. It just kills me. I don't know why would you do something like this," said Cradic.

"I'm ok that's the main thing," said Lane.

Lane tells News 5 she had a Taser in the car and from now she will carry it in her purse.

The Hawkins County Sheriff's Office says they're looking for two men who appear to be in their late 30s or early 40s. They may be driving a late-90s model black Ford Ranger.

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