Female Shop Worker Critical After Baseball Bat Attack

Story ByAna LacasaSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyCEN

Video Credit: CEN/@RaulFdo

This is the moment a female shop worker is battered by a thief with a baseball bat in an attack that has left her fighting for her life.

The incident was filmed by CCTV cameras in a sports shop in the municipality of Navojoa in the north-western Mexican state of Sonora and posted on Facebook where it has been seen over 135,000 times.

According to local media, the suspect was arrested by the police after he hailed a taxi and the driver recognised him from the video that had been shared on social media video.

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The clip was originally posted online by the 52-year-old victim’s son, netizen ‘Raul Fernando Gzlz’, who wrote alongside: “Urgent. I need your help to identify this man who assaulted my mum, leaving her hospitalised in a critical condition.

“I ask for your prayers so that she can recover from the multiple operations.”

The victim’s son has also launched an only crowdfunding campaign on ‘GoFundMe’ to help cover the hospital costs.

State prosecutor Claudia Indira Contreras said: “We are aware of the events surrounding a woman who was injured in a sports shop after being attacked by a man with a baseball bat and who is still fighting for her life in hospital.

“Following an initial investigation, a suspect has been arrested.”

Reports said that a man named Jose Martin is being held on suspicion of carrying out the attack, charged with attempted homicide.

Meanwhile, the victim, identified as Elvia, is still fighting for her life in intensive care. According to the son’s latest update on the GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/elvia-ochoa-apoyo-para-sus-tratamientos), she has survived a 10-hour operation but is still critical, with swelling to her brain.

The investigation is ongoing.

Ana Lacasa

I am a senior writer and journalist and editor of the Spanish desk for the Central European News agency.