Arlington woman, 83, seen at doughnut shop before slaying

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An 83-year-old Arlington woman visited a doughnut shop shortly before she was kidnapped from her driveway and killed Tuesday morning, police said Saturday.

The shop is less than a mile from where Leona Swafford lived near Vandergriff Park. She was attacked about 8:30 a.m. as she pulled her 2010 Lincoln MKZ into her driveway in the 400 block of Sussex Drive.

A carjacker overpowered her and sped away with her in the car, according to a neighbor who tried to stop the attack. She was later found dead about three miles away; her car was abandoned near the Arlington police east substation.

Police searching for the killer have asked residents and business owners to check any available surveillance videos from early Tuesday through midafternoon.

The crime scenes include Sussex Drive; the 1400 block of Kimberly Drive, where Swafford was found beaten, choked and shot; and 2000 Elm Point Drive, where her car was found at the Place on the Park Apartments.

Witnesses described the suspect as a black man with very dark skin in his late 20s to late 30s, about 6 feet tall with a muscular build. He had short hair, possibly a “half-inch Afro,” and little or no facial hair, police said.

The surveillance video from the doughnut shop, at 2417 Collins St., is among the evidence collected by police. It’s posted on the department’s YouTube channel, youtube.com/arlingtonpolicemedia.

The tip line is 817-575-8529; Oak Farms Dairy has offered a $10,000 reward.

Susan McFarland, 817-390-7547 Twitter: @susanmcfarland1

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