Three men are wanted after one of them punched a 74-year-old woman several times while stealing her vehicle at a DeKalb County gas station Thursday afternoon, police said.

3 men sought after punching 74-year-old woman during DeKalb carjacking

A 74-year-old woman remains in the hospital recovering from surgery after being punched in the face repeatedly during a carjacking at a DeKalb County gas station Thursday afternoon, police said.

Just before 5:30 p.m., the woman, identified as Rosa Smith, was in her red 2017 Nissan Rogue with her dog at the Chevron at 2452 Gresham Road, DeKalb police said in a news release.

She was cleaning out the SUV when a man ran up to her vehicle, opened the driver’s side door and began to punch her.

Police tweeted surveillance video of the incident, which shows the man drive off in the Nissan as the woman is on the ground. She was taken to a hospital with “severe facial injuries,” police said.


Smith, a retired attorney who moved to the Atlanta area from California about six years ago, didn’t suffer any broken bones in the attack, police said. But she was left battered and bruised with gashes on her forehead, mouth and cheeks. She also complained of extreme pain in her hips.

Two other suspects got in the SUV at some point, police said, and the woman’s dog, a black and white terrier mix named Daphne, is still missing.  

These are photos of the woman's missing dog and vehicle.
Photo: DeKalb County Police Department

Several surveillance photos of the three suspects were released.

Here are several surveillance photos of the three suspects wanted by police.
Photo: DeKalb County Police Department

Police are asking for the public’s help locating the three suspects, the dog and the stolen SUV with Georgia tag CHU1937. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact DeKalb police at 404-286-7990.

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