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Hanover woman robbed in her driveway

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) -

A Hanover woman is robbed in her own driveway and investigators are still looking for the man who did it. It happened on Kingsrock Lane, just off Atlee Station Road, in the Green Ridge Subdivision.

Luckily, deputies say the woman is ok. It happened in her driveway, around 2:20 a.m. 

The victim was reportedly just getting out of her car when the man suddenly appeared. The victim said she did not know the man. Deputies said he forced her to stay in the vehicle and tried to rob her, possibly even putting some sort of weapon up to her. They say the victim thought quickly. She grabbed her keys, and used the car alarm to scare him away.

Investigators said the robber ran off with her purse and the victim escaped by running into her house and triggering the home alarm, which called police to the scene. 

The neighbors next door heard the alarms, and saw detectives arrive a few minutes later.

"They were checking around our area, and checking underneath and they said if I see anything out of the ordinary," said Tammy Mason.  

Deputies are still looking for the man, last seen running away from the home. He's described as 5'5" to 5'6", between 160-170 pounds and possibly Hispanic. He was last seen wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a dark colored bandana over his face.

It's news that does have neighbors on edge.

I went and turned on my alarm first thing and called my husband," said Bernice Holland, a mother of five. "We haven't had that on for a year now, and he said, yeah, we're going to leave that on for good."

Deputies say this type of crime is highly unusual, and warn residents to be extra vigilant. They have increased patrols in the area.

"I want to reassure those that live in that area, that this is our highest priority and it will remain our highest priority until we resolve the case," said Sgt. Chris Whitley.

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