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Tipton Co. election commissioner robbed, beaten with shoe

COVINGTON, Tenn. (WMC-TV) - Covington police say Tipton Co. Election Commissioner James Sneed, 72, was robbed by two young women who asked to see an apartment for rent in a complex he owns. 

Detective Pam Ford said the women targeted Sneed through an ad. "He was asked to come and show an apartment that this young lady wanted to rent."
 
Two women showed up, one carrying a gun.

The second woman hit Sneed on the head with a shoe, causing him to lose quite a bit of blood.

"He took them inside to look at the apartment and at that time, they robbed him," said Ford.

Sneed was rushed to a hospital, where he received stiches.
 
"Usually, it's males on males. It's unusual for females to do this," Ford said.

To add insult to injury, the women forced Sneed to remove a piece of his clothing, and robbed him of $800 dollars, his cell phone, keys and a checkbook.
 
"I think they knew, and planned exactly what they were doing. And I think it had been planned for some time," Ford said.

Ford thinks the suspects, who were on foot, had Sneed remove his clothing so he couldn't pursue them.

Ford says Sneed is a beloved member of the Covington community. "Mr. Sneed is a good person. He goes out of his way to help our community and do anything for the community and for the people in our community."

Police have some leads. One of the women left a wig behind at the scene.

"We don't need these types of people on the street, because this was an elderly man and he shouldn't have been done like that," said Ford. "It could have been one of your family members or one of my family members, and we need to stop this crime."

The two suspects are described as African American women in their 20s: one slender and about 5' 9", the other heavy-set and about 5' 7".
     
If you have information that can help police, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 476-4411.


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