A 52-year-old Minnesota lady was slammed in opposition to a automotive and dragged about 75 yards in a shopping mall parking zone this week, turning into the most recent sufferer in a string of purse snatchings that has prompted a search for suspects within the St. Paul space, in accordance with a report.
“We actually want to search out these individuals earlier than somebody is extra significantly injured and we want the general public’s assist,” St. Paul Police spokesman Steve Linders informed the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
The incident was captured on safety video that the St. Paul police posted on Facebook.
The type and methodology of the theft have been much like greater than 20 different incidents reported in St. Paul since Nov. 20, Linders mentioned.
The lady was placing one thing in her automotive trunk after purchasing at Hmong Village when one of many robbers jumped out of a stolen automotive, slammed her in opposition to his car, grabbed her purse and returned to the automotive, the video confirmed.
Because the suspect drove away, the girl fell to the bottom and her arm turned caught within the purse’s strap, Linders mentioned.
The driving force continued on, dragging the girl alongside the passenger facet of the automotive, the newspaper reported. The unidentified lady suffered bumps and bruises however was not significantly injured.
There have additionally been latest alerts in Twin Cities suburbs about purse snatchings and St. Paul police are investigating whether or not these circumstances are related to incidents within the metropolis.
Within the St. Paul robberies — together with two Wednesday night time — suspects sneak up on girls from behind or method them in stolen autos and bounce out, the Pioneer Press reported.
They “shock the unsuspecting victims by ripping purses or luggage from their palms or shoulders,” Linders mentioned.
A lot of the girls have been 40 or older, and the purses focused are sometimes costly fashions, Linders mentioned.
If victims resist, the suspects have struck or threatened them, typically with weapons, in accordance with Linders. After stealing the purses, the robbers escape on foot or in a stolen car, the Pioneer Press reported.
Generally, two or extra suspects ages 15 to 30 have been seen. They’ve tried to cover their identities with hooded sweatshirts or hats, Linders mentioned.