Purse snatcher drags pregnant woman several feet along ground

April 1, 2011 4:10:23 PM PDT
A pregnant woman was dragged several feet by a man trying to snatch her purse. The entire attack was caught on a store's surveillance camera. The victim, who's about five months pregnant, says she was exiting a CVS pharmacy with her sister in Meadows Place, when the man attacked her.

The 21-year-old mother to be is feeling much better after her doctor said the heartbeat of her unborn baby is just fine.

She said, "I was really worried. As soon as I fell, I remember holding my belly, trying to feel, trying to see if she was moving or anything, if she was OK. She was a little quiet."

On Wednesday, about 6:45pm, while still daylight, the mom-to-be, who doesn't want to be identified, was shopping inside a CVS on West Belfort in Meadows Place. She was wearing a dark striped shirt with her Juicy Couture purse on her arm. What happened next is a bit disturbing. A man, who can be seen at the top left of surveillance video, was waiting for her. As the doors close, he grabs her purse and drags her eight feet on the pavement.

"He dragged me," she said. "That really pissed me off, that he literally dragged a pregnant woman across like six or eight feet on the floor. I was in shock."

Meadows Place police were able to get better pictures of the purse snatcher when he was inside minutes before.

Chief Mike Baker with the Meadows Place Police Department said, "It would appear that he has already staked her out and made up his mind who he is going to try and steal his purse from."

The pregnant woman says through the whole ordeal she was just trying to hang on, hoping for help.

She recalled, "I remember thinking, if I hold on for just a few seconds more, hopefully somebody will come outside and, like, get him. So I was just holding on for a few seconds more and someone would come outside."

The woman's 14-year-old sister did run after the suspect, but he jumped into a waiting SUV.

Now that her doctor says her little girl is fine, she is just praying the purse snatcher is punished.

She said, "If he is looking for easy targets and pregnant women, he is a jerk and he needs to be caught."

The suspect is described as a white male approximately six feet tall, 30 to 40 years old with brown hair and a goatee. He was wearing jeans and a dark t-shirt. The man got away in a blue SUV, believed to be a 2005 or later Chevy Trailblazer or GMC Envoy. Please call Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at 281-342-TIPS if you have any information.

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