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Words of warning after Groves robbery

GROVES-By Jennifer Gordy

You might not think of a purse snatching as a  violent crime. But look at this video. It's similar to what happened here Saturday night.  A woman had set her purse on the driver's seat of her car and was putting groceries in the back seat when she was attacked.

Groves Police Department Marshal Jeff Wilmore says,"The Hispanic male drove up very close to her jumped out of his vehicle ran to her vehicle grabbed the purse out of the door of the vehicle then ran back to his vehicle before driving off."

The victim, like the woman in this video, was not giving in easily. She tried to get her purse back. Wilmore says,"He then shoved her which caused her to fall and she could have been very seriously injured."

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his early 20's about 6 feet tall with a medium build.  He was wearing short and a long sleeve light colored shirt. Witnesses say he was seen leaving  this parking lot at a high rate of speed in an older model red truck and head headed south on Twin City Highway.

This man 34 year old Shies Jerome Harrison of Port Arthur has been indicted in connection with a similar crime back in april in the HEB in Port Arthur. The boldness and increasing frequency of these crimes brings words of warning of extreme caution..even on a regular trip to the grocery store.

Wilmore says, "We want to emphasize whenever you are walking to your car always just keep a lookout and when you are loading items in your car look around and see if anyone is coming close to you as you are putting your purse into your vehicle try to secure your purse in the trunk or in some area where it can't be grabbed." The woman attacked here Saturday night lost money, credit cards, her social security card, phone and expensive hand bag.


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