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Caught on Camera: Florida Grandmother Dragged by Car During Robbery



    A woman who was dragged across a Southwest Ranches gas station parking lot during a robbery that was caught on camera says she's lucky to be alive. Choked with emotion, 64-year-old Patricia Coxe discussed the robbery with NBC 6 Tuesday, saying she still finds it hard to watch.

    (Published Tuesday, June 6, 2017)

    A 64-year-old woman who was dragged across a Florida gas station parking lot as she tried to stop two purse thieves says she's lucky to be alive.

    Patricia Coxe said she still finds it hard to watch surveillance video of Friday's incident.

    "It scares me to death when I... see that video and realize what could have happened," Coxe said, choking back tears.

    The grandmother said was pumping gas at the Southwest Ranches Shell gas station at Southwest 159th Avenue and Sheridan Street Friday morning when the robbery happened. Davie Police say two men pulled up alongside her car and smashed out the passenger window to steal her purse.

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    A Milwaukee, Wisconsin, woman is having second thoughts about jumping on the hood of her car after a thief tried to steal it. Melissa Smith was pumping gas when a group of males in a dark car pulled up, and an individual hopped out of the backseat and jumped into her car and started driving. When she saw what was happening, she jumped on her hood and hung on. "It's one of those holy s--- moments," Smith said. "I probably think I'm tougher than I really am." The driver tried throwing her off the hood. "He laughed at me the entire time, so zero remorse," Smith said.

    (Published Thursday, May 25, 2017)

    "I heard this loud kaboom, turned, saw the glass shattering in my car and saw a gentleman inside my car removing my purse," Coxe said.

    Surveillance video shows Coxe running after the suspect as he jumps into the waiting car. As reached inside to grab her purse, the man closed the car's door on Coxe's arm, trapping it in the vehicle and dragging her across the parking lot.

    "I was screaming 'let me go, let me go, let me go!,'" Coxe said, as the man held onto her arms. "I had my phone in my hand and he was twisting my hand to get that phone."

    VIDEO: Woman Tries to Get Purse Back From Robber At Dania Beach Gas Station

    [NATL-MI] VIDEO: Woman Tries to Get Purse Back From Robber At Dania Beach Gas Station

    Video footage from a Dania Beach gas station on Saturday of a woman trying to get her purse back, jumping on the suspect's car.

    (Published Thursday, March 30, 2017)

    Video captured footage of the getaway car driving off with the grandmother dangling from the window. Coxe said the man finally released her after the driver told him to let her go. The suspects got away with her purse, medical bag and cell phone.

    "At no time did I think when I went to grab my purse that I would be in the situation I got in to," she said.

    The incident left Coxe's arms horribly bruised and swollen. 

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    Police are searching for the two suspects and their vehicle, described as a late model silver Chevrolet Malibu or similar car.