Sherman Police are seeking a robbery suspect who stole an elderly woman’s purse in the Walmart Supercenter parking lot Wednesday and then fled the scene with the woman still hanging onto his vehicle.


Sgt. Brett Mullen said officers responded to the business, located at 401 U.S. Highway 82, at approximately 12:30 p.m. after witnesses reported the robbery. Mullen said officers arrived and spoke with the 71-year-old victim who told police she was loading groceries into her car, when she turned around and noticed a man running away with her purse.


“She chased after him and as the suspect attempted to drive away, she was able to grab onto the door,” Mullen said. “The suspect began to drive away and dragged her with the car for a short distance. She fell from the car and sustained minor facial injuries.”


The suspect — described as a clean-shaven, white male with a medium build — was last seen traveling west on Hwy. 82 in a gray Ford Escape SUV.


Mullen said the department was investigating the incident as a robbery, but officials were still considering an enhanced charge of aggravated robbery, due to the victim’s age.


“People are, of course, within their right to try and get their property back, but we always caution people about getting involved in an unpredictable situation like this,” Mullen said. “You don’t know what people are capable of and it’s almost always best to try and obtain information that will assist us in an investigation, rather than trying to stop a suspect.”


Mullen said Sherman Police were investigating a similar report received Monday, in which another elderly woman said her purse was also taken while in the Walmart parking lot. No injuries were reported in the incident, but Mullen said investigators were working to determine whether the two incidents were related.


Those with knowledge of either incident are encouraged to call the Sherman Police Department at 903-892-7290.


Drew Smith is the crime and emergency reporter for the Herald Democrat. Contact him at asmith@heralddemocrat.com or on Twitter @DrewSmithHD.