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Purse Snatcher Wrestles Woman To Ground

Deputies: Robber Left Scene In Stolen Car

ORANGE PARK, Fla. – Clay County deputies are searching for a robber who attacked a shopper leaving the Target Superstore on Wells Road on Sunday, threw her to the ground and ran away with her purse.

"I was leaving work. It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon, and you don't expect anything like that to happen," the victim said.

Deputies said the man got out of the passenger side of a black Toyota Camry about 1:20 p.m., approached the woman from behind and grabbed for her purse. When the victim struggled, the man threw her to the ground and punched her before ripping the purse from her hands, deputies said .

The victim described the attacker as a white man between 5 feet 9 and 5 feet 11 inches tall weighing about 170 pounds. He was wearing a black shirt, blue jeans and white shoes.

After the robbery, the man got back in the Camry driven by another man and drove away, deputies said.

The victim told Channel 4 that although she was shaken up by the incident, fear was the last thing on her mind.

"I guess I was just outraged that somebody was doing this to me," she said.

Some bystanders in the parking lot were also upset by what they witnessed. Surveillance video shows that several people tried to help the victim and two vehicles even tried to block the path of the thief's getaway car.

"They all tried very hard to stop the man," the victim said.

"Three different people came to her aid, which was good. They're good witnesses and were able to give us good descriptions," said Sheriff Rick Beseler.

The sheriff's office has released a sketch of the robber based on the witnesses' description.

The car, with a Florida license tag BF55I, turned out to be stolen from Jacksonville last Thursday.

"It could have been worse. We're thankful that it wasn?t, but we really need the public's assistance to look at this video and try to determine who this person is and how we can get our hands on him," Beseler said.

Anyone with any information about the suspect, the vehicle or the robbery is asked to call Crimestoppers at 866-845-TIPS.