RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Police say a woman was walking home in Carytown, along the 3300 block of West Cary Street, when a couple stole her purse and ran to a waiting get away car and driver. Police have arrested one suspect thanks to good samaritans, but two others are still on the loose. Now, people who live and work in the usually friendly area are watching their backs in a way they never thought they'd have to.
You see people walking through Carytown all the time. For one woman a routine trip home from work around 9 o'clock Sunday night led to danger. It's something Katy Nash who works at Amici in Carytown never imagined could happen here.
"I think this unfortunately, is a reality check for those of us who are in this area," she said.
Amici owner Carlo Gaione is one of the good samaritans who helped the victim and police. He says he heard screams, turned around and saw a woman being dragged down the street holding onto her purse for dear life.
Gaione and another man chased the suspects and were able to get a license plate number on the get away car. Police used that to make an arrest.
"It truly gave me a sense of 'wow you really are a hero right now,'" said employee Nash.
Authorities say the two men did the right thing: got information, but didn't put themselves at risk.
"Get us the best description that you can. You can be a good witness and much more valuable to us than someone who got hurt trying to help," said Richmond Police Lt. Timothy Morley.
After Sunday, Nash says walking alone is not an option.
"You want to feel safe enough to do that and be independent. But you should think about your safety before you think about your independence," she said.
The victim was not seriously injured and was treated at the scene. Again, police are still looking for one male and one female suspect. If you have any information call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.
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