Purse-snatcher hurts Chiefland woman

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By Jeff M. Hardison

A 55-year-old Chiefland woman was knocked to the ground and suffered injuries after a purse-snatcher pushed her down just before 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, Chiefland Police Officer Nick Viaggio said.

CPD Officer Alton Horne and Viaggio responded to Huddle House, where the victim went immediately after the attack. The victim had just exited the Dollar General Store at 1302 N. Young Blvd. (U.S. Highway 19) when the attacker came from behind bushes on the south side of the property, Viaggio said.

The man who attacked her is described as Hispanic, unshaven, approximately 5-feet tall and weighing 130 pounds. He was last seen wearing a ball cap, plaid shirt and jeans.

He grabbed her white FSU purse and attempted to remove it from her shoulder by force, Viaggio said. The woman fought back, refusing to surrender her purse. The thief pushed her to the ground, where she struck her head.

The victim refused medical treatment from Levy County Emergency Medical Services, but her injury was photographed as evidence to use when the suspect is captured, Viaggio said.

The purse-snatcher escaped with the purse and ran south, Viaggio said. The estimated total property loss on the report is $160.

The Chiefland officer called for tracking help from the Levy County Sheriff's Office. Levy County Sheriff's Deputy Pete Barnes used K-9 Taz to track the suspect, Viaggio said, but the trail ended near the rear of the store.

An alert to be on the lookout for the suspect was issued over LCSO dispatch. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call the Chiefland Police Department at (352) 493-6777 or the LCSO at (352) 486-5111.