Woman Dragged, Injured in Purse-Snatching

Saturday, Feb 26, 2011  |  Updated 6:20 PM EDT
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A grandmother is in the hospital after a robber grabbed and dragged her for her purse.

Darcy Spencer

A grandmother is in the hospital after a robber grabbed and dragged her for her purse.

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Woman Injured in Violent Purse-Snatching

Police are searching for a man who violently ripped a purse off the arm of a 71-year-old woman, leaving the victim with fractured bones and bruises.
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Prince George's County police were looking for the suspect in a purse-snatching that left a 71-year-old woman injured in District Heights, Md., on Friday.

Surveillance video shows the suspect walking into the Cigarette Discount convenience store in the 5700 block of Silver Hill Road around 9:20 a.m. Friday. The woman was making a purchase at the store's counter at the time.

The supsect appeared to wait in line behind the woman just moments before he yanked the woman's purse. He grabbed it so violently that the woman was slammed into the ground and dragged across the floor before the suspect took off with the purse.

Police said the woman suffered a fractured knee, finger, bruised ribs and abrasions to her hands.

The suspect reportedly fled in what police described as a gold "Suburban or GMC Yukon-type" SUV.

Anyone with information is asked to call Prince George's County Police.

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