A man going through a woman’s vehicle in a Wal-mart parking lot got more than he bargained for when the woman chased him, then literally ran over him with her vehicle.
The incident happened Wednesday in Asheville, North Carlina. Christine Braswell, 26, came out of the store and caught the man, identified as Robert Raines, 34, rummaging through her red-orange SUV.
Braswell, who is five months pregnant, first started chasing Raines, who had stolen her purse from her vehicle. Unable to run far, she then jumped into her vehicle, threw it into gear, and took off after him.
WLOS ABC13 News posted a notice on Facebook, saying, “Our cameras were there yesterday when a woman chased a man and hit him with her SUV in a Walmart parking lot after she says he attempted to steal her purse.”
The video posted shows the moment Braswell sped across the parking lot in pursuit of Raines, as he fled, until she literally ran into him. The purse can be seen flying up into the air.
“Being five months pregnant, I chased a little ways, then come back, jumped in the car, threw it in gear and came 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 Braswell afterward.
She was charged with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, and Raines is charged with felony breaking and entering, larceny and misdemeanor damage to property.
Defense attorney Steve Lindsay told ABC13 News that Braswell can’t claim self-defense because Raines was running away, but added that there would be no attempted murder charge because it was not premeditated.
Raines was taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries.
Below is the video of the pursuit, which captures the moment the thief is hit by the vehicle.
The Asheville Police Department posted an update on the case on their Facebook page, along with mugshots of Braswell and Raines:
Public opinion is on the side of the woman, where multiple people are speaking up defending her on ABC’s Facebook post:
Pam: “The court system does nothing to thieves and that is why they keep stealing. If people would stand up and refuse to be victims like this little pregnant woman maybe thieves will think twice. Good for her!”
Wendie: “The law can’t be everywhere, damit…let her off on self defense! Scumbags like that, would sure as heck think twice before trying to screw over people. This is the problem today. He won’t get anything for stealing her purse even had she done nothing!!!”
Dalton: “I do NOT see any reason why the woman should be charged! It absolutely is self defense and her life and well being was in imminent danger! He took her purse which has valuable information in it such as address alone is dangerous enough! Who can rightfully say that man had no intentions of using her information against her! Good for her! And exactly what is wrong with this country! the criminal will get away with a slap on his hand and the woman will be charged attempted vehicular manslaughter. That’s beyond BS!!!”
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