Police: Woman with CCW permit stops suspected purse snatcher

FRANKLIN, OH (FOX19) - A woman with a concealed carry weapon permit witnessed an attempted purse snatching and pulled her gun to stop the suspect, Franklin police said.

Mary Moore drew her weapon Monday when she saw the attempted robbery and ordered the suspect to drop the victim's purse, they said.

It all started about 11 a.m. in the 200 block of North Main Street.

A man grabbed an 84-year-old woman's purse  and took off running, according to police.

"I was next to the door and a man ran up from behind me and grabbed my purse," the victim said.

The victim asked to remain unnamed because the suspect is still on the loose.

She said he was fast, and she did her best to catch him.

"I started running after him and screaming, and that didn't affect anything," she said.

That's when Moore intervened to help.

"He was walking and searching through the purse and had belongings in his hand... and I noticed on his hip he had a holster," she said.

"I pulled my weapon and told him I had a CCW and he needed to drop his weapon and the purse."

She said he laughed at her and kept going through the purse.

She pointed the laser on her gun right at the suspect's head.

"My Bodyguard .380 my husband got me when I was diagnosed with breast cancer," Moore said.

She said that's when the suspect knew she meant business.

"He threw his arms up in the air and turned his back to me and told me I would not be able to shoot him and gradually walked away," Moore said.

The suspect dropped the purse and fled west toward a bike path.

A Franklin K-9 unit searched the area, but was unable to locate the suspect.

Police describe the man as a middle aged white male, tall, medium build.

He was last seen wearing a tan ball cap, black shirt and black or gray shorts.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Detective Scott Brown: 937-746-2882.

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