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Woman dragged trying to get back stolen purse at Wal-Mart

A woman was loading groceries into her car at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at a Wichita Wal-Mart when a man in his late 20s grabbed her purse, Police Sgt. Nikki Woodrow said.
A woman was loading groceries into her car at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at a Wichita Wal-Mart when a man in his late 20s grabbed her purse, Police Sgt. Nikki Woodrow said. File photo

Wichita police are discouraging others from copying what one woman did to try to keep her purse from being stolen on Tuesday.

The 46-year-old woman was loading groceries into her car at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Wal-Mart at 21st and Maize Road when a man in his late 20s grabbed her purse, Wichita police Sgt. Nikki Woodrow said.

He got into an early 2000s gray Ford Taurus, police said. The woman followed him and reached into the car, grabbing the steering wheel. She was dragged several feet as he drove away, before she let go and fell to the ground.

The woman suffered minor injuries, Woodrow said. The suspect, who was wearing sunglasses and a ball cap, has not been located.

“Human nature tells us to go and try to … do what you can,” Woodrow said. “Unfortunately, it’s just not safe.

“We definitely discourage trying to stop the suspect yourself and risk the injury,” she said. “Get a good description and call police.”

Stan Finger: 316-268-6437, @StanFinger

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