Woman Dragged by Car in Attempt to Get Purse Back

In an effort to reclaim her stolen purse, a 64-year-old woman chased the thief and clung to his car, dragging behind it.

On Oct. 19, the woman walked into a business in the 7400 block of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard and put her purse down on the front counter, San Diego Police say.

Seeing an opportunity, a suspect ran in, grabbed the woman’s purse, and escaped out the door. As he ran to a Dodge Caliber outside, the victim chased him out.

She struggled with the man as he got into the car, and she grasped onto the door when he began to drive away.

After she was dragged a short distance, suffering minor cuts and abrasions, she released the car, and the suspect got away before police arrived.

But on Oct. 22, this robbery merged with a missing person case. San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 13400 of Community Road to do a welfare check on Sierra Noriega, 21, who had been reported missing.

There, they contacted Noriega, as well as a man with her: 23-year-old Cody Doyle. Deputies found stolen items in the couple’s possession, including things taken from the victim on Oct. 19.

Police say Doyle also had a stolen Dodge Caliber, which was used in the robbery.

SDPD detectives soon arrested both suspects. Doyle was booked into jail on charges of first-degree robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of stolen property and conspiracy.

Noriega was booked into jail on burglary, possession of stolen property, identity theft and conspiracy charges.

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