Mar 24, 2014 11:13 PM by Zach Thaxton
It was a crime of opportunity. Narrow streets, a selection of frail and elderly potential victims, and a quick and easy getaway. But two would-be drive-by purse-snatchers chose the wrong woman to try to steal from, despite an ordeal that left her battered and bruised.
The attempted purse-snatching happened just after 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 10 outside St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church at Pine and Logan in Pueblo's Bessemer neighborhood. The victim, who did not want to be identified, says it happened following a funeral reception. As she walked along the driver's side of a friend's car parked along Pine Street, a silver newer-model sedan, possibly a Cadillac or Lincoln, pulled closely alongside her. That's when one of the two young women inside reached for the victim's purse. "The girl was pulling my purse and as soon as she let go, I went flying," the victim said.
The unsuspecting 61-year-old victim was dragged about six feet, according to Pueblo police. The woman suffered a laceration to her nose. "I landed on my hand," she said. "It still hurts."
The incident rattled church worshippers. "They are very nervous, especially since we have such an elderly congregation," the victim said.
Despite being described as "elderly" in a Pueblo police press release, the victim appears significantly younger than age 61 and does not appear weak or frail. "They didn't get my purse," she said.
The entire ordeal lasted mere seconds, leaving little opportunity to get an accurate description of the suspects. Both are believed to be young Hispanic females. "They both had their hoodies up -- all the way up -- and tied around their face," the victim said. "I'm going to say early 20s, maybe 19. I don't know." A motive is not known, but the victim has a theory: "It could've been a stolen car and maybe they just stopped to look for money for gas or something," she said.
The victim was taken by ambulance to nearby St. Mary Corwin Medical Center for treatment of her injuries. She's hopeful for justice, but not optimistic. "It would be really nice if (police) caught them," she said. "But I doubt it."