Great-grandmother followed home from Heights Kroger, attacked in driveway


by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 10:38 AM

HOUSTON -- A 79-year-old great grandmother says she was followed home from her neighborhood Kroger and attacked in her driveway in The Heights.

It happened Sunday around 10:30 p.m.

Rose Shinkle just finished shopping at the grocery store on 20th and Yale.

She recalls seeing a dark red pickup truck behind her as she pulled onto her street about a half mile away. Shinkle didn’t think much of it as the truck pulled past her home.

“I always look to make sure no one’s under my car, no one’s in my car. That’s the one thing I didn’t expect, for him to follow me home and wait until I got out of my car,” Shinkle said.

Shinkle was reaching into her back seat to unload groceries. That’s when she saw a large man walking up her driveway.

“I hear these footsteps hitting, and I’m just standing. I just froze,” Shinkle said. “I didn’t know what was going to happen. He had me shoved in there, and I couldn’t move.”

Shinkle said the man had her pinned against her car. According to Shinkle, he began yanking on her purse and jerked her down onto the concrete.

“I have osteoporosis, and your bones are very easy to break. I knew as I fell, I was going to have a hip, arm, something broken,” Shinkle said.

She thinks she must’ve landed just right.

Shinkle didn’t break anything, but her body was left with scrapes and bruises. Her heart hurt too.

The robber took off with her purse that contained credit cards, check books and a bracelet purchased by her late husband.

“It was something that I really needed that he took. I felt really taken advantage of because I’m elderly, and he knew I couldn’t do anything,” Shinkle said.

The confrontation that happened at the end of Shinkle’s driveway was overhead by a next door neighbor.

“I heard her say, I don’t have anything else to give you. I heard the sound of a scuffle,” said neighbor Greg Gurrola.

Gurrola ran outside, but by that time, the stalking criminal had disappeared.

“I’ve worked hard all my life for what I’ve got. Now that I’ve retired, for someone like that to come in, and take what I’ve worked all my life for,” Shinkle said. “I forgive him for what he did.”

Shinkle said she refuses to live in fear.

She now plans to carry mace with her when she goes out. She says she will continue to go out at night.

She describes the man who targeted her as Hispanic, standing approximately 6 foot tall, weighing about 300 pounds and clean shaven.

Shinkle said someone unsuccessfully tried to use her credit card just 30 minutes after the robbery.