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Woman fights to keep purse, even as dragged by car

Jan. 11, 2010

A robber who tried to snatch a woman's purse outside Target Thursday didn't count on the owner's tenacity.

According to a Wauwatosa police report:

The woman was loading her purchases into a car when a man approached her, pointed a gun and said, "Give me your purse."

She refused, so he grabbed at it. He had a difficult time getting the strap off her shoulder, and as they struggled, he pulled her toward the car next to hers. Then, he got in the car and started the engine. A passenger, who was waiting in the vehicle, told the driver not to shoot the woman.

The woman held on to the purse strap as she was dragged a few feet, and finally she pulled hard enough that she got the purse back.

The robber drove away.

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