ORANGE PARK, Fla. – A pizza delivery woman was nearly run over by a man who burglarized her car, the Clay County Sheriff's Office said.
Marcus Walker, 26, was arrested on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and burglary.
Deputies said the incident happened Tuesday night behind Vito's Pizza on Blanding Boulevard in Orange Park.
The victim, who wished to not be identified, told News4Jax that she had just returned to Vito's Pizza to pick up another delivery and parked in the back lot. She said she left her car unlocked because she was running in to pick up another delivery.
When she came right back out, the victim said that she found Marcus getting out of her car with her purse in his hand.
“The first thing that went through my mind is, 'What the hell are you doing? That’s my purse. Can I help you?' That kind of thing," the victim said. "So I walked in front of him and he got in his vehicle and pulled forward.”
Deputies said Walker then drove forward, hitting the woman. She said that she held onto the front bumper to keep from being dragged under.
“I still hope it was an accident," the victim said. "I would hope it was an accident, because I don’t want to think horrible of people, but once he started backing up, I slid off the car."
“She ran through the back door and told us she got robbed, so I ran out the back with a few other guys, but by the time we got out, he was already gone,” said Chase Inrvine, the victim's co-worker.
Two hours later, deputies said they located the car up the street at a motel, where they arrested Walker. They didn’t find the victim’s purse, but investigators said they did find her fingerprints on the front of the car.
The victim said she's now left with scrapes and bruises as a reminder of her ordeal.
“My back is sore and my foot hurts,” she said.
The victim said her driver's license was in her purse that hasn't been recovered, so she's worried that someone with bad intentions could show up at her home.
Deputies said someone has already used her credit cards, which were also in her purse.
Walker, who is from the Ft. Lauderdale area, was arrested twice last year in Broward County on multiple charges, including theft and battery.