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Monday, February 17, 2014

Shopper robbed at gunpoint at a Florida Walmart

Occurred February 7, 2014.
Suspect with stolen purse at Port St. Lucie Walmart (source)

(UPDATED - see below)

A shopper had just gotten into her car in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Port St. Lucie, Florida, when another driver pulled up behind her.  A woman got out, walked to her door, and pointed a gun at her.  The woman then fled to the other car with the victim's purse, and the suspects fled.

From an article and news video:
The victim told police she was sitting in her car when another woman approached her from the driver’s side window and pulled a black handgun. The armed woman demanded the victim’s purse and threatened to kill her.
The victim complied and the suspect then ran back to the getaway car and fled the scene, police said.
The investigation revealed that a black four-door car with an Illinois license plate (possible partial tag of CF253) pulled behind the victim’s car. The armed woman then got out of the passenger seat and approached the 67-year-old woman with a gun, police said.
She ran back to the car after stealing the purse and her accomplice drove away. The couple reportedly drove west on St. Lucie West Boulevard toward I-95.
Walmart.  Save money.  Die faster.

UPDATE (2/18/14):  Two suspects have been arrested for the robbery. A realistic-looking Airsoft pistol (which Walmart sells) was likely used.  From an article, which includes pictures of the suspects:
Police say that on Feb. 7 Stephanie Aubrey McKinney, 27, put a gun to a 67-year-old woman's head in a Port St. Lucie Walmart parking lot, threatening to kill her if she didn't turn over her purse. McKinney then ran to a waiting car driven by James William Bozarth, 40. 
Police first picked up the pair's trail after they began using the victim's debit card to withdraw cash. Surveillance video captured clear images of them both at a gas station, and the victim identified them as the people who robbed her. 
Police learned that Bozarth reserved a room at the Travel Lodge on Blue Heron Boulevard in West Palm Beach, where the pair were later arrested. They confessed to the robbery and police found the victim's purse and bank cards in the car and in the couple's hotel room, along with a black Airsoft pistol.