California police are looking for two female suspects after a 67-year-old woman was dragged 150 meters across a parking lot by thieves trying to grab her bag.
The Anaheim police on Thursday released the shocking surveillance footage where the woman was pulled behind a speeding car while she tried to hold the bag in her hand.
The victim, Imelda Niess, said she just had too many important things in her bag to let it go.
She got countless grazes all over her body, but came with her bag intact, thanks to her robust determination to hold.
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Imelda Niess, 67, refused to let go of her wallet when two women in a white Nissan Sedan rode next to her in a California parking lot and took her away from her. She was dragged by the 150ft suspects across the parking lot until they released the bag and fell to the ground
The legs of Imelda Niess follow the white Nissan as it dragged her across the parking lot at Walmart on February 13 when she refused to let her suspect release her wallet
These two women were identified as suspects by Niess from Walmart security footage where they were seen shortly before the attempted theft in the parking lot
“They chose the wrong person,” Niess said CBS Los Angeles.
“They chose the wrong person because I could be an older woman, but I am very strong.
She added that although she was injured after falling on the asphalt, she did not cry but cursed the women angrily.
The attempted theft took place on Thursday, February 13 around 8:10 am in the parking lot of a Walmart, located in the 400 Block of North Euclid Street.
The video shows Niess returning to her car and placing her purchases inside when a white four-door Nissan was driving next to her.
Police think the car may have been a Nissan Sedan and that it had temporary license plates.
The passenger in the approaching car leaned her arm in front of the window and took the Niess bag from her arm.
The car then tried to drive away, but Niess refused to let go of the wallet.
Imelda Niess can be seen here next to her car before the suspects came to her
This white Nissan Sedan drove alongside Niess. The suspect on the passenger side of the car leaned out of the open window and grabbed her bag before the car drove away
The white Nissan Sedan drove off quickly, but Niess, hidden here behind the car, held her bag because she believed she had too many important things in to let them go
The police identified the two female suspects in this white Sedan by showing Niess surveillance images of the Walmart in the run-up to the attempted theft in the parking lot
She was dragged 150 ft until the suspect released into the passenger seat and fell to the ground.
“I have blood on my hands. I have bruises everywhere. ”
She got grazes on her hands, arms, legs and abdomen and was taken to the hospital for treatment.
“This specimen was incredibly dangerous and luckily the victim escaped – although serious injury, relatively minor compared to what could have happened,” Sgt. Shane Carringer told me KTLA.
The victim Imelda Niess was taken to the hospital for treatment after being dragged over the asphalt of the parking lot and exposed to her knees, hands and abdomen
Niess, 67, said she “got blood all over my hands” when she refused to let go of her wallet and was dragged through the car. She now says that she will only keep her driver’s license and one credit card in her bag to be safe and that she is too traumatized to return to Walmart
The Anaheim police released Thursday video that two female suspects are responsible for dragging 67-year-old Niess across the parking lot
Imelda Niess says the suspects have chosen the wrong person, because although she is an “older woman,” she is “strong,” but admits that she is too traumatized to return to this California Walmart where she has 150 feet with the car was towed because she refused to give her wallets for thieves
“She could have fallen into this situation and eventually been killed.”
Niess was later able to identify two women from police images who claim to be suspects.
They were seen in the Walmart shortly before the attempted robbery took place.
The police hope the video will help identify them.
Niess has now said that in the future she will only have her driver’s license and one credit card in her bag and feels too traumatized to come back to Walmart.
The police asked that anyone with information could contact Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS or at occrimestoppers.org.