ATLANTA - Atlanta police say a woman cut during a robbery was able to run down her attacker with her car.
Surveillance footage shows a woman arriving at her loft on Mangum Street in Castleberry Hill around 6:15 p.m. Monday, when a man runs across the parking lot. The man forces his way in the front door behind the woman, and when she doesn’t immediately hand over her purse, police said he cut her with a knife.
“He did have a knife. He did cut her hands because she did struggle. She did not give up her purse right away,” Atlanta Police Department Lt. Jeff Cantin said.
Cantin said after cutting the woman, the man got her purse and ran off toward Centennial Olympic Park Drive. The woman got in her car and drove after him.
“She tried to jump on the curb to stop him. She ended up bumping him with the car,” Cantin said.
“The lady got out of the car and she was bleeding and she starts yelling that she’s been robbed,” a neighbor said.
The neighbor saw the accident and called 911. He said the man got up after the car ran into him and kept going. The neighbor then followed him on foot and stayed on the line with police, helping them track him to a lot on Markham Street and arrest him.
The woman told Channel 2’s Amy Napier Viteri someone put a gun in her face last month and robbed her at the same Mangum Street building.
Police are talking to her and victims from other robberies in the southwest Atlanta neighborhood to see if they’re connected to Monday’s arrest.
“The most difficult part is coming home in the evening and just getting the nerve up to get out of the car and go to my door again,” the woman said.