Rowan County authorities say they have arrested a man who they say robbed a woman after kicking her in the head.
The sheriff’s office said the suspect, Jimmy Ray Blackwell, 49, has a history of preying on elderly victims.
The most recent alleged attack occurred about 6 a.m. Saturday. Deputies said the victim, a 62-year-old woman, was sitting on her front porch on Old Beatty Ford Road in Rockwell when a man pulled up in a car.
The man allegedly told the woman he was a bail bondsman and wanted to search her house for a person, authorities said. When the woman refused, the man then allegedly said he was a federal agent.
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Deputies said the woman then told the man she was calling the sheriff’s office. Capt. John Sifford of the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said the man then “stomped her head and took her cellular phone,” before driving off.
Investigators said deputies identified Blackwell as the suspect and arrested him. Authorities said Blackwell was charged with common law robbery. He is jailed under $50,000 bond in Rowan County.
Blackwell has a criminal record dating back to 1981, according to deputies. Sifford said Blackwell recently was released from prison after serving time for a series of home-invasion-style robberies and kidnappings, mostly involving elderly victims, in 2007.