Pregnant victim uses car to stop would-be purse snatcher
An attempted robbery outside a North Carolina Walmart ended Wednesday with the pregnant victim jumping into her SUV and careening into the suspect before he could escape.
Christine Braswell, 26, is charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon for mowing down purse-snatching suspect Robert Raines in an Asheville parking lot. The woman told police that she found Mr. Raines rummaging through her car, at which point he sprinted off with her purse.
“Me being five months pregnant, I chased a little ways then come back, jumped in the car, threw it in gear and come across the curb and ran him over,” she said. “I was not going to let him get away with it. It’s not right, it’s not fair.”
Video provided to the station shows Ms. Brawell’s red SUV accelerate into the man as a woman screams, “Get out of the way!”
Mr. Raines was treated for injuries at the scene, and charged with felony breaking and entering, larceny and misdemeanor damage to property.