A Dallas County elections judge is recovering after being attacked late Monday night at an East Dallas grocery store.
Ann Sullivan was attacked while returning the shopping cart after unloading snacks she purchased for her polling place workers to have on Election Day. Police say the man approached her in the parking lot of a Tom Thumb on E. Mockingbird Lane and pointed a gun at her.
“I saw him with that gun,” Sullivan recalled. “And I said ‘No, no,’ and just took off running, and he chased me.”
The black male suspect yanked her purse away, which caused Sullivan to fall and break her shoulder and injure her hand.
Sullivan says the man shoved her down hard and broke her shoulder struggling to get her purse, leaving her on the pavement screaming for help. When first responders arrived, she had things on her mind that were still in her vehicle: her lab, Lady, and something else critically important.
“I've got election equipment. I've got my laptop for the election and all the judge materials,” she said.
Sullivan and her important election materials went to the hospital. And after she was released at 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, she called a friend instead of settling in at home to recover.
“I said, ‘Drive me to the polling place. This is my civic duty,” Sullivan said. “I am a Republican. I am very proud of this country and the fact that we have the freedoms that we do to vote. It’s our God-given right and by golly I was not going to let people down.”
Sullivan actually showed up at the polling location to help set up in her hospital gown and a raincoat and didn't leave until she knew everything was up and running smoothly. After her experience, she plans on getting her concealed handgun license.
Sullivan did not get a good look at the suspect, but police released surveillance video images of the man. He’s described as a black male, 20-25 years of age, 5'9" to 5'11" tall, weighing 150-165 pounds. He was wearing a red hoodie with black on the front and black pants.
Anyone who recognizes the suspect is asked to call Detective Richeson at (214) 671-3602.