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.
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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.