ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A woman ran over a man in a Walmart parking lot in North Carolina after she caught him going through her purse and now they both face charges.

Video from WLOS-TV shows Christine Braswell accelerate across several parking spots at the Asheville store Wednesday and hit Robert Raines in the back. Braswell told the television station that she wasn’t going to let him get away. She says she is five months pregnant.

Asheville Police spokesman Wallace Welch said in a news release Raines dropped the purse before running away and suffered minor injuries when he was hit by the car.

Braswell faces an assault with a deadly weapon charge, while Raines is charged with breaking and entering a motor vehicle and larceny. It wasn’t known if either had lawyers.

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Comments (8)
  1. Why is she charged with any criminal act? Do we not have the right to protect ourselves and our property? Unless there is important information about this story missing, I don’t understand the charges against her.

  2. Vinrez Tad says:

    this lady must be on tweak, you cant chase down a purse thief and run him down, look in her bagt

  3. Robert Kelly says:

    She should not be charged for defending and protecting her property , what are they thinking. Why she being treated like a criminal ?

  4. Les Williams says:

    Good for her, It’s about time people stood up and protected themselves

  5. i would have done the same thing! he is lucky she didn’t back up and nail him again! it is wrong that charges are being brought against her! she is truly a CRIME STOPPER!

  6. Adam Sumer says:

    Just ask yourself, if it was a guy who did the running over? (Most would comment that “he should have let him go, not worth it, or call the police”)…equal rights = equal rights, am I right? I have read comments in similar articles where it is a male victim, just something I noticed.

  7. Burton Goetz says:

    Interesting, a CBS station in Baltimore using a report from a Fox station in San Antonio about an incident that occurred in North Carolina. And it wasn’t captured by Walmart surveillance cameras; it was recorded by reporters with the local ABC affiliate (WLOS-13) who were there at the time to do a story about fireworks sales and safety.

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