TAMPA, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A Tampa woman was dragged about 40 feet, holding onto her purse as two men in a moving car grabbed her purse.
Twalla Killins, 42, suffered only scratches on her arms, legs, and head after she held on to her purse during an attempted drive-by purse-snatching. Luis Angel Rodriguez, 27, and Felix Alexis Nieves, 24, were arrested Friday for their roles in a string purse-snatching incidents in Hillsborough County parking lots this week.
At around 8:30 a.m. Friday, one of the men reached out from a 1997 Honda Accord and grabbed Killins’ purse as she was approaching the grocery store. Killins was dragged about 40 feet before releasing the purse, according to authorities.
As the incident was happening, a semi-truck driver followed the car to get the tag number, according to the Tampa Bay Tribune. Police would later discover that the car was stolen. When police tried to pull over the car, one of the men took off but would soon crash into a fence, police said. Rodriguez and Nieves would run from the car, one of them being apprehended. The other was brought into custody a short time later.
Rodriguez and Nieves face multiple charges of robbery and grand theft auto.
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