Two injured fighting purse snatcher at Phoenix store

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PHOENIX -- A woman and a bystander were injured when the woman fought back against a purse snatcher at a Phoenix store.

It happened on December 4 in a supermarket at 18631 N. 19th Avenue.

At approximately 10:45 a.m., a 28-year-old woman set her purse on a counter beside her while she filled out paperwork at the in-store bank. A woman grabbed the victim's purse and ran out the door.

The victim chased the suspect, who threw the purse down and continued running through the parking lot. When the suspect tripped and fell, the victim caught up and the two began struggling.

The suspect then began screaming for her backup.  A man drove up in a 1997 green Ford pickup truck, got out and pulled the victim off his partner. The two suspects jumped into the pickup truck, and the victim held the truck door open in an attempt to stop them from escaping.

A bystander came over to help, but the suspects drove off, knocking the two victims to the ground. The rear tires of the pickup ran over their legs, causing bruises, bumps and abrasions. Both victims were treated for their injuries.

Police are still looking for the two suspects, and ask anyone with information to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS, or 480-TESTIGO (Spanish).

Police say while no one was seriously injured in this case, it is a reminder of the danger in confronting suspects. Although it is legal to use the amount of force that is reasonable and necessary to stop a crime, say police, it is also dangerous. Instead, they recommend being a good witness: Follow a suspect to get a description of the suspect, vehicle and license plate, then immediately call 911.