Friday, February 15, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville woman robbed at gunpoint outside a local Walmart may have helped authorities find her assailants by ramming their vehicle with her own.
According to incident reports, the 43-year-old woman was leaving the Walmart store at 1400 Lawrenceville Highway late Tuesday when she was approached by two black males. Described as between 16 and 20 years old and wearing dark colored clothes and black skull caps, the suspects produced black handguns as the victim was walking to her car.
"The victim stated both suspects said, 'Give us all you got,'" an incident report said. The woman turned over her iPhone and purse before taking actions into her own hands.
"As the suspects then fled on foot the victim in a state of panic attempted to follow the suspects in her car," police said. "As the suspects approached and began to enter a red in color Honda Civic ... the victim struck the vehicle."
Both suspects -- as well as a third black male -- fled the scene on foot, abandoning the vehicle that was later determined to be stolen. Several witnesses were also on scene and filed statements with police.
While the suspects had not been detained as of Friday, the victim's actions may eventually help authorities catch the men who robbed her.
"The (suspect) vehicle was impounded for processing," Lawrenceville Police Capt. Greg Vaughn said. "A fingerprint match could lead to a suspect."
There was also one more perk of the woman's bravado: her iPhone was recovered in the parking lot, presumably dropped as the suspects fled.
Anyone with information on the crime is asked to contact Lawrenceville Police at 770-963-2443.