UPDATED 8:03 PM PT — Wednesday, November 13, 2019
A new video is revealing the disturbing details of a robbery that took place at a Houston mall recently. Officials released video of the incident Tuesday, which happened just weeks ago at The Galleria.
The video showed the thief following a woman as she entered the mall through the parking garage. While on the escalator, he approached from behind and snatched her purse. The woman refused to let go and was dragged down the stairs and across the floor by the thief.
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— Grace White (@GraceWhiteKHOU) November 13, 2019
The bag’s strap eventually broke and the suspect managed to escape, fleeing the scene in a burgundy Buick. The victim only suffered a few bruises and scratches. Witnesses quickly came to the woman’s aid.
Officials said the suspect may have seen the woman at a nearby ATM before pursuing her.
“It looks like he probably followed her from the bank,” stated Houston Police Detective Jeff Brieden. “These robbers will sit in parking lots and actually just wait – they’re looking for bigger targets.”
He went on to emphasize the importance of awareness, especially during peak shopping seasons.
“During the holidays, we always have an increase in purse-snatching and more parking lot related type of robberies because people know that…you’re walking around with money,” said Brieden.
The thief was described as a black man between the ages of 20 and 30 years old. A manhunt for the suspect is still underway and an investigation is ongoing.