Woman robbed outside of DeSoto Square mall

MANATEE -- A woman was the victim of a purse-snatching shortly before 9 p.m. Monday at DeSoto Square mall.

The woman had just left Macy’s via the north exit and was 200 feet away from her vehicle when a man approached her and said, “Give it up, give it up,” according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

The man than grabbed the woman’s purse, but the purse strap was stuck on the woman’s shoulder. The man pulled the purse and the victim several feet before the purse came free, the report states.

The woman then fell, lacerating the back of her head.

The suspect entered a nearby vehicle, described as an older, dark, beat-up four-door. There was a driver in the car who drove north out of the mall parking lot and was not located, the report adds.

The woman was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Anyone with information about the robbery can call Crime Stoppers at (866) 634-8477.