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Police looking for violent ATM robber

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Pinellas Park police say they're looking for a violent criminal who attacked a woman at a Bank of America ATM.

It happened May 26 around 5:25 p.m. at the 5100 Park Boulevard location.

The ATM surveillance camera only captures the back of the attacker's head, but a woman, who did not want us to identify her, was face-to-face in broad daylight on Memorial Day.

"When he came up to me he just said give me money! He hit me right away."

The bruises on her arm, a week later, are from trying to block his furious punches.

One punch smashed her glasses.

"I don't know how many times, he was just boom, boom, boom, boom."

When she finally ducked, he reached in, grabbed her purse, and ran away.

"I was thinking oh my god, I have never been hit like that, I think I'm going to die or something," she said. "I cried. I cried really hard for myself."

Of course, the still unidentified guy didn't realize she hadn't withdrawn any money, that she was only there for a deposit.

Police are putting out a warning.

"This is the first time I can recall someone walking up to an ATM machine and attacking them for money," said Pinellas Park Police Sgt. Adam Geissenberger.

Police say he could be a local guy because he ran away.

The rip-off screams of desperation.

"They'll grab anything that can't be traced back to them, immediately try to trade it for drugs," said Geissenberger.

The victim has lived in Pinellas Park since 1988, and says he needs to be off the streets.

"I don't want him to do this to anybody else. I hope they catch him."

Anyone with information is asked to call (800) 873-8477.

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