Police: Pregnant woman who ran over suspected thief in Walmart parking lot to face charges
Police charged her with assault with a deadly weapon
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – A 26-year-old woman in North Carolina said that when she found a man breaking into her SUV in a Walmart parking lot, she chased him.
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When she couldn't catch him, police say she jumped behind the wheel of her vehicle.
It was a chaotic scene in the parking lot of an Asheville, North Carolina, Walmart when police say a man was hit by the woman driving an SUV.
"She slammed on her brakes, crammed it in reverse, and ran over the median there in between and hit him in the back. I mean she, just he was running and she just flat hit him," said Janice Kelley, who witnessed the incident.
"When I walked out of Walmart, he had her purse and was pulling all of her stuff out then me and my friend told him to put it down and what are you doing. She stopped and he ran off and then she came up behind him and hit him with her car," said Blake Bennett, another witness.
When the driver, Christine Braswell, came out to her car, she says she confronted the man before she claims he took off with her purse.
"I came back out here and he was with my purse and took off, and I took off after him. Me being five months pregnant, I chased a little ways, then come back, jumped in the car, throwed it in gear and came across the curb and ran him over. I was not going to let him get away with it. It's not right, it's not fair," said Braswell.
The accused man, Robert Raines, helped to the curb by the two men who confronted him earlier, sat writhing while paramedics tended to him, eventually taking him to the hospital.
"I know two guys helped him up, and when they were putting him in the ambulance, I seen that he had blood coming down both arms," said Kelley.
Asheville police said the man suffered minor injuries.
Police are charging Raines with breaking and entering, larceny and damage to property, and Braswell with assault with a deadly weapon.