A shopper at a Walmart store at the Leesburg- Fruitland Park border in Florida was getting into her car when a man approached her, threatened her with a handgun, and tried to carjack her. The woman fought back, and the man instead stole her purse.
The man was struck by another vehicle, however, and attacked by witnesses, dropping the purse, but he escaped.
From an article:
A male suspect approached a 42-year-old woman who was getting into her car parked in the middle of the store's lot, said Fruitland Park police Lt. Beckie Sirolli.
The man pointed a handgun at the woman's face and attempted to break into the locked backseat of her car, Sirolli said. The woman started screaming and tried to get out of her car, prompting the suspect to push her back into the car.
After some struggle, the woman was able to exit her car but the suspect grabbed her purse and ran.
"As a consolation prize because he couldn't get into her vehicle, he took her purse," Sirolli said.
But the suspect made it about two aisles over in the parking lot before he was struck by a Chevy pickup. He dropped, rolled and continued running while two to three men, who witnessed the incident, chased and struck him in the face.
The suspect then dropped the woman's purse and managed to run into the nearby wooded area, where officers continue to search for him, Sirolli said.
"It was enough time for him to disappear," she said.
In two separate incidents between 1 to 3 p.m. today, Sirolli said two suspects were caught and arrested for shoplifting. Nobody was injured in these incidents. She said this type of frequent crime is not common at that Walmart.
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