A shopper gearing up for the holiday season was attacked in a snowy Minnesota parking lot by a thief and then dragged nearly 75 yards after she became stuck in his getaway vehicle.
St. Paul Police shared disturbing video of the ambush on Thursday with the hopes that the community will be able to provide tips leading to the attacker’s arrest.
The victim had just finished up a shopping trip at the Hmong Village off Johnson Parkway when the assailant leapt from a stolen Hyundai Elantra on Sunday around 5:20 p.m., police said.
Surveillance footage from the shopping center parking lot shows the woman putting items into her trunk before the suspect grabs her purse and then flees to the getaway vehicle.
The victim’s arm, however, became entangled in the strap of her purse, causing her to be dragged alongside the stolen car.
The female victim was able to escape the incident without any serious injury, police said.
Authorities believe the incident was the latest in a string of similar events – law enforcement has received more than 20 reports of robberies “that share the same characteristics” since Nov. 20.
“The victims are women who tend to be 40 and older, alone and carrying purses or bags,” authorities said in a press release.
“The suspect sneaks up on the victims (either on foot or in stolen cars) and rip the purses or bags from their shoulders.”
Anyone with information in any of the recent robbery cases is asked to call Saint Paul Police at 651-266-5650.