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UPDATED: Man Steals Purse, Pulls Knife on Victim Outside Publix on Ponce

A woman told police Thursday afternoon a man snatched her purse in the parking lot of Publix

A man snatched a woman’s purse on Thursday afternoon in the parking lot of , 1001 Ponce De Leon Ave.

According to the police report, a man grabbed a woman’s keys as she was trying to get in the car on Thursday, Aug. 9, around 1:30 p.m.

The woman yelled and others in the parking lot came over to help her.

The man pulled a knife, grabbed the purse and fled the scene, according to the report.

No one appeared to be injured when police arrived, but blood on the scene led officers to believe the suspect may have been harmed.

Police searched the area and found the man hiding behind a nearby house. He attempted to run from the police, but officers chased him down.

Charges are still pending and his identity has yet to be released.

He suffered a minor cut during the robbery.

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Editor's Note This article was updated Friday, Aug. 10, with new information from the police report.

Virginia August 10, 2012 at 03:17 PM
So did they get the guy? They certainly pulled out all the stops in the search. I saw multiple police cars, a police bike, and eventually a police dog. And I heard the police helicopter.
John Wolfinger August 10, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I just returned from the Publix store hoping to learn more facts, but all I could find out that the perp was apprehended behind the Clermont Hotel. I'll keep searching for more details. Also, I found out that this Publix does not have an off-duty Officer til 6 p.m.
Kay Stephenson August 10, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Couldn't be happier that the only person injured was the perp!
Lezlie August 10, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Seems daylight is no longer a deterrent to thugs. I shop there; it could have been this 67 year-old woman. I'm so glad they caught that criminal.
Great August 13, 2012 at 12:16 AM
The perp evidently forced open the victims car door and tried to force her to the other seat while beating her, hitting her in the head and chest. The victim fought back probably causing the injuries before he was able to use the knife. Two brave bystanders came to the aid of the victim. A man heard the screaming (as the incident was less than 50 feet from the front door) and ran over and pulled the perp out of the car. Another brave lady kept the victim away from the danger. The suspect was on federal probation for armed robbery after serving 14 years. Hope they put him away for good as he has proven he is not fit to live among civilized, law abiding people. Thanks goodness for the BRAVE, COURAGEOUS people who probably will not get the press and kudos they deserve for taking such a risk for a person they did not know.... The reward was definitely worth the risk. That turned this tragic story into an uplifting story about two GREAT individuals. Thank you for setting an example for all of us!

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