When shoppers at a Texas Walmart witnessed a man steal an 84 year-old woman’s purse, they leapt into action.
Several customers at the Bellmead Walmart, near Waco, chased the man outside of the store and surrounded and tried to subdue him. Cellphone video of the incident shows a woman standing nearby aiming a handgun at the man, as well.
The alleged thief then managed to break away and began running. The woman with the gun fired a shot over the man’s head, causing him to drop briefly to the ground, which allowed his pursuers enough time to catch him and detain him.
ABC 13 reports that “[p]olice arrested 27-year-old Andre Dawson, and recovered the purse he allegedly stole from the elderly woman.”
The case of a woman who fired a shot as a suspected purse thief fled in the parking lot of the Bellmead Walmart Supercenter will be forwarded to a grand jury, police said Monday.
The woman, whose name has not been released, went to the Bellmead Police Department Friday night.
“She was released pending further investigation,” police said in a press release Monday afternoon.
Once the investigation is completed, “the case will be forwarded to the grand jury,” police said.
A witness said, the woman could be seen watching the chase unfold, then parking her truck and getting out with her handgun. After the incident was over, she calmly returned to her truck and drove away.