71-Year-Old Woman Dragged Through Supermarket Parking Lot

Man grabbed purse, and woman sustained head injury

A Toms River woman was dragged 40 feet after a man in a car drove past and grabbed her purse outside a Route 37 supermarket this afternoon.

The 71-year-old woman was in the parking lot around 4 p.m. Monday when a white man driving a dark vehicle reached out and grabbed her purse, said Chief Michael Mastronardy.

With the purse twisted over her shoulder, the woman was dragged for 40 feet before managing to free herself, said the police chief.

The suspect is still at large. Police are looking for a white man, approximately 30 years old, with short brown hair, driving a dark vehicle last seen driving westbound on Route 37 at high speeds.

responded to treat cuts and bruises the woman suffered on her knees and arms, as well as a head injury, police said.

The victim’s beige purse contained about $50 and credit cards, Mastronardy said.

Toms River Police Officer Ryan Quinn is investigating along with Detectives Lou Santoro and Alex Scherer. Anyone with information is requested to call 732-349-0150 ext 1276.

chinagirl71 December 20, 2011 at 06:27 PM
"This is everywhere........it's sad,we pay the most to live in New Jersey and our elderly,children and the homeless are senselessly victimized EVERYDAY! Just look at the past 7 days in the APP alone. Be safe,vigilent and don't be afraid to step in and help someone. I hope everyone has a safe holiday!"
Martin December 20, 2011 at 10:27 PM
We have 20 fewer cops than we should have, reflecting the spending priorities of the mayor and council. "Your tax dollars at work" -- somewhere else, not in public safety.
. December 21, 2011 at 01:03 AM
I know the feeling. My mother was 89 when she passed away. She thought she knew best until the very end. She still drove until a week before she died. I always had to tell her "Ma, watch your bag" when we were shopping and she would always say "Let them try it".
silverton raised December 21, 2011 at 02:14 AM
my grandmother (68) and my grandfather were walking the Atlantic City Boardwalk over this past summer when a young boy around 7 or 8 went up to my grandmother with his arms up ( almost reaching up for a hug, with a sad face on) when my grandmother went to talk to him he grabber her purse and ran..CRAZY
Mattie December 21, 2011 at 02:30 PM
HA! Yeah, gotta love them tough ol' birds.... ;-)


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