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Suspects sought in Food Town purse snatching

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

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The Deer Park Police Department is seeking information on suspects regarding a purse snatching incident in front of a Deer Park strip center Thursday morning. Although purse snatching incidents are not common in the city, DPPD said the number of reported cases across the Greater Houston Area is on the rise.

A woman was injured when a man allegedly attempted to take her purse as she walked out of the Food Town grocery store on Center Street shortly before 10:15 Thursday morning.

According to Lt. Franklin Hart of the Deer Park Police Department, the victim was leaving the grocery store and had her purse draped over her neck and shoulder when a black male suspect is said to have attempted to take the purse.

The woman resisted and she was knocked down and dragged a short distance on the ground and sustained minor injuries. The victim was possibly dragged by the vehicle, but Hart said he could not confirm that report. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to Hart.

Although there were several witnesses, Hart said the department does not have a lot of leads except that the suspect is a black male that fled in a black Mercedes Benz passenger car with paper license plates.

DPPD is working with local businesses to obtain surveillance footage in hopes of gathering additional descriptions. There also could be a second vehicle involved.

Although these incidents are rare in Deer Park, the number of reported purse snatching attempts and robberies is on the climb in the Greater Houston area.

“It seems like that there is definitely and uptick in these incidents around Houston,” said Hart. “Just because they aren’t reported often in Deer Park doesn’t mean they don’t happen here and we haven’t seen a rash of them like in other areas of Houston.”

Hart said if a suspect attempts to rob a person of their purse or property, do not fight.

“We don’t want to see anyone get hurt over property, but it’s understandable. You want to keep what’s yours,” he said.

He also advised citizens to be always be aware of their surroundings.

“We say keep your head on a swivel and don’t be distracted by things like your phone. Suspects are looking to use the element of surprise and if you’re not paying attention, they can get you a little more easily,” said Hart. “You don’t have to be paranoid about it, but make sure you are aware of your surroundings. If you see something suspicious, go back inside and call the police. We’re always a few moments away.”

Hart said it is also important for citizens to be able to give good directions to dispatch after calling for emergency help.

“It’s OK if you get flustered and get turned around and don’t know north or south. But if you can tell us something like ‘They headed toward Spencer’ or ‘They headed toward 225,’ that’s one more vital piece of information that we can use,” he said.