A caretaker armed with a knife kidnapped an 85-year-old woman, then hit and stabbed her before abandoning her at an Arlington gas station, police said.
A search continued Sunday for 49-year-old Lesia Ann Coco, who was last seen running away from the victim Friday night in the 4200 block of South Collins Street in Arlington.
Customers at the gas station saw the victim bleeding and called police. The woman was taken to the hospital; her condition was not available Sunday.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Coco, who was one of the caretakers of the victim’s husband when he was a patient at a medical care facility.
Police responded to the kidnapping call shortly after 9 p.m. Friday at a home near Irving Mall.
The woman and her husband were returning home from dinner when they found Coco sitting on their porch, police said in a news release.
Coco helped the husband into the couple’s home, and then got into the wife into a car, police said. She told the woman she would show her the whereabouts of jewelry the woman had noticed missing from her home, police said.
The woman began to drive, and Coco is accused of pulling out a knife and saying it was a robbery, police said.
The victim honked the horn, hoping to attract attention from other motorists, police said. Coco is accused of hitting the woman and then stabbing her. Coco also made threats that she would have the victim’s husband killed, police said.
The suspect ordered the victim to drive to an Arlington location, where Coco jumped out of the car and fled on foot, police said.
Anyone with information should contact Irving police at 972-273-1010.