Senior citizen robbed at gunpoint for social security cash

Posted at 4:06 PM, Jul 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-08 21:11:10-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A senior citizen was robbed of social security cash, and it happened in a church parking lot next to the victim's low income apartment complex.

Sharon Tingay is down on her luck.

"Broke. No bills paid. No anything right now," Tingay said.

On Friday evening around 9:30, her neighbor went to a Mapco on Nolensville Pike to get out their social security cash from an ATM. She's not able to walk to it, so her friend helps her out.

"I have problems with my back, I go to the back doctor. I was a waitress at Shoney's for 40 years," Tingay said.

Tingay said her friend started walking back towards Radnor Towers and cut through the parking lot at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. The victim said the robber was hiding between two buses in the parking lot, and when he walked by, the robber pulled a gun on him and demanded cash. The robber got away with the victim's wallet and roughly $600. Some of the money belonged to Tingay.

"My heart's broke, you know what I mean, I need to get my bills paid," Tingay said.

Tingay's neighbor is too scared to go on camera because the robber is still on the run.

"I think he might have watched him a few steps," Tingay said.

Senior citizens in the community are on edge.

"We're not able to take up for ourselves and fight back, and that occasionally gets us killed," Tingay said, "Wont be going anymore at nighttime that's not safe for older people like us."

Fortunately, her daughter was able to pay her rent this month, but she won't be able to pay her bills. Sharon is crossing her fingers, hoping things look up soon.

If you would like to help Sharon pay for her bills this month, her daughter made a Go Fund Me page.

The victim filed a report with Metro Police. The robber used a red sweatshirt to hide his face, so there's not a detailed description. If you have any information on the incident call police.