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Surveillance shows man beating women with metal baseball bat

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ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando police released surveillance video Tuesday of a robber beating two women with a baseball bat in downtown Orlando.

Rebecca Naudasher said the attack happened shortly before midnight on Saturday near the intersection of Rosalind Avenue and South Street.

Naudasher said she and her friend had just spent a few hours at some bars and were on their way back to the Grande Apartments when a man ran up, wielding a metal bat.

"I remember out of the corner of my eye seeing someone run up and then hit me in the head with a baseball bat," Naudasher told Channel 9. "I remember slowly falling down and then (him) ripping the purse off me."

"He could have killed me," said Naudasher. "You know, one hit to the head the wrong way. It really upsets me."

"I remember turning, seeing this person run right at me and the next thing I know, he hits me," said Naudasher's friend, who asked to remain unidentified.

A security guard at the complex heard her screams and found both women bleeding profusely.

Naudasher suffered a gash to her head that had to be stapled shut. She also had cuts and abrasions on her leg.

Her friend suffered massive bruises and required stitches around her eye as a result of the blow.

"I thought I was already dead when I was on the ground," she said. "When I got up to run, I was surprised I could run that fast and scream."

Neither woman said they knew the well-dressed suspect. Investigators believe the man was only after their purses.

The attacker is described as a white or Asian man. He was wearing a blue, long-sleeve shirt and tie and black pants.

The man sped off in a newer model, white four-door vehicle, possibly with two other men, authorities said.

Anyone who has information about this crime or the identity of the suspect is asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.

Callers can remain anonymous.