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Deputies: Denver woman hospitalized after trying to fight off purse snatcher, suspect on the loose


Deputies are on the hunt for a man they said snatched a purse from a Denver woman Sunday morning, pushing her to the ground and injuring her, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.

The victim was in the parking lot of the McDonalds restaurant on N.C. 16 around 7:15 a.m., deputies said, when a dark-colored vehicle with faded paint pulled up beside her.

A man in the passenger seat exited the vehicle and snatched the woman’s purse, containing cash, credit cards, her identification and cell phone, an agency news release said.

The victim fell to ground, injuring her hip, while trying to fight off the man, she told deputies.

Unfortunately, no witnesses were in the area at the time of the incident, deputies said.

She described the suspect as 5-foot-4, possibly Hispanic with a dark complexion and wearing dark clothing.

His vehicle left the property headed north on N.C. 16, she told deputies.

Emergency Medical Services transported the victim to Presbyterian Hospital in Huntersville for treatment for her injuries, for which she may need surgery, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies believe the suspect may have also been involved in an earlier weekend theft at another Denver eatery.

Sometime between late Friday night and early Saturday morning, two flat-screen televisions were taken from the outdoor patio at Chill Fire Restaurant, located near the McDonalds on Cross Center Drive, deputies said.

Video surveillance recorded suspects taking the electronics on two separate occasions, removing one at a time, the release said.

Surveillance also showed a dark-colored four-door vehicle at the scene and two suspects, one of whom was wearing a tan-colored hood, black jacket, blue jeans and white shoes, deputies said.

A second person had on a red hood, brown jacket, blue jeans and dark boots.

Investigations into the separate incidents is ongoing.

Anyone with information may contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at (704) 732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at (704) 735-8202 or Crime Stoppers at
(704) 736-8909.  Any tips leading to an arrest may result in a reward of up to $1,000. Tips may remain anonymous.






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