Victim Speaks Out After Purse Snatched, Boyfriend Shot - Mid-South News, Weather, Traffic and Sports | FOX13

Victim Speaks Out After Purse Snatched, Boyfriend Shot

Posted: Updated:
PHILADELPHIA -

A local man is recovering in the hospital after he jumped in to help in another violent purse snatching.

"I was thinking about death. I was shocked, I didn't know what to do," said the young woman who was the robbery victim.

She her boyfriend, Derrick Moye, shown in a Facebook photo, had just stepped out the front door of his house on West Lehigh Avenue when suddenly a man appeared, grabbed her purse and took off. Moye immediately gave chase.

"He just grabbed it and took my money out and dropped my bag," the robbery victim told FOX 29 News as she described how Moye tried to come to her rescue.

Police say Moye got to the corner of 27th and Lehigh when a second man appeared with a gun and shot Moye one time in the chest, then took off.

"He shot him. Jumped out of nowhere. Yes," she said.

The young woman, who asked not to be identified, called police. Thirty minutes later, patrol officers from 22nd District stopped two men matching the descriptions of the robbers. They are now being called suspects.

"People want to fight back. They don't want to see these thugs get away with things like this and they fight back," said police Lt. George McClay, as he praised the actions of Moye and the quick arrest by patrol officers.

"He came to my rescue. I'm real grateful for that," the young woman said.

This was the third violent purse snatching incident in recent weeks. A suspect in Southwest Philadelphia has been robbing women at knifepoint. Two men were caught on tape 10 days ago as they robbed a purse from a mother and daughter in Northern Liberties.

The gunmen fired one shot, killing 26-year-old Amber Long during that purse-snatching incident. Police are now looking for links to Thursday's shooting.

"On the surface, they look very similar," McClay said."Could we get lucky? I hope so. That was a terrible crime. I'm hoping we can correlate the crimes together, but we're nowhere close to that yet."

Police say women should not resist if they are approached in a robbery situation.

"Don't fight. Give up the money you do have, but you can understand why they want to fight back," McClay added.

Police say they did recover items from the homes of the suspects that could be linked to this crime and others. They have not yet charged the suspects and would not identify them until they do.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Only On Fox: Arsonist On The Loose In South Jersey Town

    Only On Fox: Arsonist On The Loose In South Jersey Town

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-04-16 20:45:07 GMT
    It started with a brush fire, then another fire at the rear of this home on Monroe Street and finally a blaze that swept through this vacant home up the block, just a few feet away from where Emma Sethman
    It started with a brush fire, then another fire at the rear of this home on Monroe Street and finally a blaze that swept through this vacant home up the block, just a few feet away from where Emma Sethman
  • Teenage Boy Reported Missing In Camden

    Teenage Boy Reported Missing In Camden

    Teenage Boy Reported Missing In Camden

    Monday, April 21 2014 1:06 AM EDT2014-04-21 05:06:41 GMT
    Officials say Michael Edwards was last seen when he left his home on the 700 block of Berkley Street. He is described as a black male 5’5, 120 points, with brown eyes and black hair.Officials say Michael Edwards was last seen when he left his home on the 700 block of Berkley Street. He is described as a black male 5’5, 120 points, with brown eyes and black hair.
    Camden County Police are looking for a 15-year old teenage boy reported missing Saturday night.
    Camden County Police are looking for a 15-year old teenage boy reported missing Saturday night.
  • Police Search For Person Of Interest In Collingdale Hit-And-Run

    Police Search For Person Of Interest In Collingdale Hit-And-Run

    Monday, April 21 2014 1:05 AM EDT2014-04-21 05:05:34 GMT
    A man was struck by a SUV in Collingdale early Saturday morning. Police responded to reports of a hit and run on the 900 block of Bedford Avenue around 5:30 a.m. Upon arrival, they found a Range Rover crashed into a Chrysler 300 and a man was also laying the lawn of 919 Bedford Avenue covered in blood. The victim was transported to Crozer Chester Medical Center. He is in surgery with severe head and severe lower b...
    A man was struck by a SUV in Collingdale early Saturday morning. Police responded to reports of a hit and run on the 900 block of Bedford Avenue around 5:30 a.m. Upon arrival, they found a Range Rover crashed into a Chrysler 300 and a man was also laying the lawn of 919 Bedford Avenue covered in blood. The victim was transported to Crozer Chester Medical Center. He is in surgery with severe head and severe lower b...
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices