Tempe police release 911 calls in case of woman dragged to death during robbery

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TEMPE -- Tempe police released several 911 calls made after a young woman was dragged by a car during a robbery.

Kyleigh Ann Sousa, 21, was a student at Arizona State University.

Last week -- very early Thursday morning -- a man approached her outside an IHOP, grabbed her purse and then tried to drive away. Sousa got tangled up in the purse and was dragged for a few feet. She later died of her injuries.

Sgt. Steve Carbajal said investigators need the public's help to find the man responsible for Sousa's death.

"We still need that phone call, that tip in order to bring this case to a successful resolution," Carbajal said.

Police do not believe Sousa knew the suspect. Beyond that, details about the suspect are still rather sketchy.

Investigators said he was driving a silver Chrysler 300 or a Dodge Charger.

Carbajal said the whole thing happened very quickly.

"This incident in particular is about a brazen suspect who over a purse-snatching attempt left a 21-year-old woman to die in that parking lot that morning," Carbajal said.

While they say Sousa did not do anything wrong, police are warning people that they need to be vigilant and aware of what's happening around them.

"We just want people to be safe. Trust your instincts," Carbajal said. "I think that's the best safety tip that we can give. When those bells and whistles go off in your head or something just doesn't seem right, you need to make sure you can get out of that situation."