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Pregnant Woman Jumps In Car And Plows Into Purse-Snatcher In Parking Lot

One petty thief messed with the wrong woman in North Carolina on Wednesday, and he's lucky he has lived to regret it. The man was rummaging through a woman's purse in her car. The man tried to run away, but the pregnant woman jumped in her car, took aim and ran right over him.

There was much excitement in the parking lot of that Walmart that started when 26-year-old Robert Raines opened the door of an SUV and was rummaging through a purse. Blake Bennett spotted the crime in progress with his friend when they came out of the store and witnessed the scene.

“When I walked out of Walmart, he had her purse and was pulling all of her stuff out,” said Bennett.

That's when the owner of the car and purse - Christine Braswell - came out of the store and confronted Raines. Braswell, who is five months pregnant, said that Raines ran away. At first, she chased him on foot, but then decided it would be better to just get in the car and catch up to him.

“He was with my purse and he took off and I took off after him,” Braswell explained to WLOS. “Me being five months pregnant, I chased a little ways then come back, jumped in the car, threw it in gear and come across the curb and ran him over.”

“I was not going to let him get away with it. It’s not right, it’s not fair,” said the young mother to be.

Someone in the parking lot filmed the entire chase scene that ended with Braswell jumping the median and hitting Raines in the back. Raines was rushed to the hospital, but his injuries are reportedly minor.

He was then charged with felony breaking and entering, larceny and misdemeanor damage to property. The pregnant woman said he broke her iPad and phone screens.

Braswell, in her eagerness to catch the criminal, may have gone too far in trying to mow him over with an SUV, though. She’s not getting away with it. The expectant mom is also being charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.

This is not the first time a victim with a car decided that they were not going to let the thief get away with the crime. In March, a man in Los Angeles was a victim of armed robbery in a parking lot at 3 a.m. He jumped in his car and slammed into the robber. The robber was thrown into the air while still holding his gun and accidentally pulled the trigger, shooting himself in the face.

In February of 2016, a 17-year-old tried to steal a pair of Air Jordan sneakers from a victim. The Brooklyn, New York teen contacted a man who was selling the sneakers on Craigslist and arranged to meet him, only to try and run away with them without paying. He was then run over by his robbery victim, and his arm was severed in the accident.

Source: Fox News, KRON 4
Photo: KRON 4 Screenshot

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