FORT WORTH, Texas, March 4 (UPI) -- A Texas grandmother said she jumped in her car and chased down a man who shoved her and snatched her purse in a Fort Worth parking lot.
Val Renfro, 65, said she was getting into her car outside of an Office Depot when a man, identified by police as Ricky Lee Sample, 47, pushed her twice, snatched her purse and fled on foot, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Wednesday.
Renfro dialed 911 on her cell phone and began chasing the man in her car. She gave the operator a detailed description of the suspect while she followed the suspect and shouted for him to give her purse back or she would hit him with her car.
The mother of three and grandmother of four said she hit the man once with her car but he continued running until bystanders who joined the chase on foot cornered the suspect and retrieved the purse.
Renfro said Sample shouted apologies to her when they both arrived at the police station. She was giving a statement and he was under arrest on a charge of aggravated robbery.
"I thought, 'How do I respond to that?'" she said. "He said it a third time and I said, 'Apology accepted. God bless you.'"
Sample was held at the Mansfield Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.