A male individual accused of following, robbing and beating a 71-year-old woman is now behind bars. Michael Mahone, age 39, was arrested on Wednesday morning at the Resorts Casino in Tunica, Massachusetts right after the Shelby County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) received a tip that he was spotted there.
The attack occurred last Friday morning after the elderly woman named Patsy Whitten pulled into her driveway in southeast Shelby County, Tennessee. She stated she had won $400 at Southland Park Gaming and Racing, and noticed she was being followed on her way home.
She said, "I saw the vehicle, but my husband has a friend that drives one that looks like it, so I didn't think anything about it."
All of a sudden, "He ran up to my truck just as my left foot hit the ground and jerked his jacket back and grabbed this tire tool."
The elderly woman said the man's face was covered with a dusk mask and hit her multiple times with a tire iron and even shoved his fingers down her throat.
Whitten recalled her horrible experience, "I said, 'I cannot believe you're doing this to a 71-year-old woman' and he said, 'I don't give a f*** how old you are, I'm going to kill you,' and I really thought he was."
Eventually, he fled with the cash as well as her and her husband's IDs.
SCSO was being assisted in the case by the Tunica County Sheriff's Office and West Memphis Police.
Mahone was tagged as a suspect with the aid of a surveillance video that showed him observing and following the victim.
Currently, he is in the Tunica County Jail with a $2 million bond and is pending to be extradited back to Shelby County.
SCSO at the moment is not sure if he committed other past robberies similar to the incident, and police are investigating.
SCSO advised the public that if you think you are being followed while you are driving, go somewhere safe like a police station or a fire station.