Police: Woman pistol whipped trying to recover stolen purse

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AUSTIN (KXAN) – A woman who tried to get her stolen purse back from two men ended up getting pistol whipped by the suspects, according to an arrest warrant.

The robbery and fray took place near Jacqueline Lane in the Hornsby Bend neighborhood of Southeast Austin on June 30.

The victim told police she was at a home on Jacqueline Lane, when Emmanuel Grear, 18, and another man entered, snatched her purse and ran out, according to an arrest warrant.

As Grear was driving away in a four-door Toyota, the victim dived partially into the front passenger window and tried to grab her purse, police said. The victim was hanging out of the side of the car as it drove away, veered into a ditch and stuck a tree, according to the affidavit.

During the struggle, the victim told police Grear punched her in the face. While the victim was on the ground after the crash, Grear pointed a gun at her and threatened her, according to the affidavit.

“Grear then struck the victim on the top of the head with such force that the gun shattered into three pieces,” according to the affidavit. The victim told police she believed the gun was real and the suspect was going to kill her.

It is not clear from the affidavit if the gun allegedly held by Grear was real or fake.

Police said they found Grear near the wrecked car. The owner of the car said he let Grear borrow it shortly before the incident, according to the affidavit.

Grear has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony.

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