Woman dragged across parking lot by purse snatcher

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Jonesboro police are on the lookout for a purse snatcher who dragged a woman across a paved parking lot.

A 39-year-old woman told police she was walking south on Gee near Sonic around 9 p.m. Thursday, June 26, when a 6’ man, approximately 25-35 years of age, approached her, asking for a cigarette.

The victim told the man she did not have one and he began to follow her.

As she was walking across the parking lot of Gee Street Market she said the suspect “grabbed her purse and took off running,” the initial incident report stated.

The woman did not let go of the purse and was dragged across the concrete about 10 feet, leaving “road rash” on both knees, according to Officer Nathan Ivy.

The victim then ran into the store and called 911.

Several officers responded to the scene and set up a perimeter, but were unable to find the suspect. A K9 track was also unsuccessful, Ivy reported.

The woman told police the suspect was wearing a green long-sleeved shirt and black jeans with holes in them.

She last saw him running west on Jefferson.

However, it did not end there. According to a second police report, the victim received a text on a friend's phone she was borrowing. It was from her stolen phone.

According to the police report, the suspect "stated they were the person that robbed her and they were watching her and knew when she takes her kids to school."

The victim notified police of the text Friday morning. After speaking with the victim, Detective Vic Brooks issued a Be On the Lookout (BOLO) to all officers with the suspect's description and ordered extra patrol for the victim's neighborhood.

If you have any information that can help police find this suspect, call CrimeStoppers at 935-STOP.

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