RICHMOND, Va. -- A 59-year-woman was robbed and brutally attacked Monday night outside of her East End home.
It's a terrying experience that Fostina Hardin will never forget.
"He was on me before I knew anything," said Hardin.
She believes the suspect was hiding in a field across the street.
Moments later, she says he ran towards her and she heard his footsteps.
Hardin came face to face with a robber while removing some clothes from her car trunk.
"Empty out the whole car, empty out my pockets and everything," he told her, with a gun pointed at her head, she said.
Hardin said the suspect grabbed some loose change from the console.
And then he beat her savagely. He knocked out Hardin's front and bottom teeth, and left her severely bruised in the face.
"I actually didn't feel helpless or scared," said Hardin. "I was more mad than anything because he's a young black male and you're robbing me; and I haven't done anything."
She blacked out. A neighbor called 911 and she was rushed to VCU Medical Center.
She said there's been a rash of robberies in this East End neighborhood.
Within a one-mile radius of Hardin's home, in 2013, there were 16 reported robberies from January 1 to Nov. 18.
But that number more than doubled, reaching 35, for the same time period in 2014.
Richmond Police said that despite the jump in the number of robberies in the Greater Fulton neighborhood, violent crimes have dropped overall.
"We have seen a couple of groups of individuals that have committed some violent crimes in that area," said Lt. Daniel Minton, Richmond Police.
Lt. Daniel Minton calls such crimes, "crimes of opportunity," and encouraged residents to be careful.
"When you get home, look around, watch your surroundings; park in well-lit areas," said Lt. Minton.
And if you see something suspicious, call police right away.
Hardin said she feels violated right now.
"Very. I'm afraid to leave. But it's just making me, like, real jittery."
Richmond Police said they have several leads in this case. Anyone with information, should call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.