Mall site of violent purse snatching two weeks before shooting

Mall site of violent purse snatching two weeks before shooting

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Just before 10:30 a.m. Christmas Eve, a woman parked only five spots away from the front door of JCPenney at Myrtle Beach Mall, but before she could get inside, a man wearing all black appeared from behind her car and pushed her to the ground, according to a police report from the Horry County Police Department.

The 78-year-old woman told police the man held her to the ground with his foot on her cheek while demanding her wallet and car keys.

She gave those items to him and he ran off, the report said.

The woman's wallet contained $20 dollars and her drivers license.

Police said she was not injured beyond some redness on her right cheek.

The report also said a male customer described the getaway car to a mall security guard as possibly a black Honda heading toward Highway 22 West.

The purse snatcher is described as a black male around 30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds.

Horry County Police said there isn't reason to believe at this time this incident is connected with the shooting death of Frances Mae Davis, 78, at 12:30 p.m. January 8.

Police said that situation was also much more serious and violent than the purse snatching on Christmas Eve.

Horry County Police received 402 phone calls to the Myrtle Beach Mall in the past six months.

The mall's general manager said the mall has highly-trained security guards on site and they make the safety of customers as well employees a top priority.

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