BELLEVILLE, ILL. - “I am not in a lot of pain,” said Belleville resident Joanna Stephens. “I look worse than I feel.”
In the toughest of circumstances, a violent car theft, and four-day hospital stay, Stephens hasn’t lost her sense of humor or her humanity.
“I hope the people that did this get the help they need.”
You heard her right. Stephens is worried about the future of three teens suspected of attacking her and knocking her unconscious.
“I do wish only the best for them because evidently, they’re very young and they need all the help they can get,” said Stephens.
Stephens has been a professional caregiver for more than 20 years, but the compassion she has for her attackers is still unexpected.
“I have a lot of Christian friends and I have a Christian family and I’m really not that upset about my future.”
Last Thursday, Stephens was sitting in her white 2006 PT Cruiser in the 200 block of Walnut in Belleville. She was talking on the phone to her mother for over 40 minutes.
“I did see three young teens pass my car and take a second look at me, and I continued to talk on the phone,” said Stephens. “I continued to talk on the phone and when I got out of the car, that’s the last I remember. I had groceries in my hands, and evidently, someone attacked me from behind and I do not remember anything about the attack. I was basically attacked so someone could go on a joyride with my car.”
The car was stolen Thursday but police recovered it Sunday in the 500 block of West Main in Belleville. Police do not have a detailed description of the suspects and they are asking anyone with information to call Belleville Police at 618-234-1212, or Crimestoppers at 866-371-8477.
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