Olympia police are investigating a strong-armed robbery of a Capital Mall employee as she was leaving work in the mall parking lot about 7 p.m. Tuesday. Someone snatched her purse from the passenger seat of her car, police said.
The woman had placed her purse on the seat as she was entering her vehicle, and before she could lock the doors, a man entered from the passenger side and stole her purse, Olympia police spokeswoman Laura Wohl said.
The woman got out of her vehicle to confront the man as he entered the driver's side of his vehicle, and he kicked her in the stomach, Wohl said. The woman was not badly injured, she said.
There was a woman in the passenger seat of the man's vehicle, and the two sped away from the mall parking lot, Wohl said. The vehicle has been described as a maroon, late 1980s or early '90s Chevrolet Trailblazer with a spare tire mounted on the back. It has right, front-end damage from hitting the car parked next to it as it fled the scene.
The holiday season is traditionally a time for increased crime in shopping center parking lots in Thurston County. However, Wohl said that so far this December, there has not been a noticeable increase in property crimes in the mall lot.
The male suspect is described as being in his early 20s, approximately 6 feet with a thin build and dark hair. The suspect's passenger is described as being in her late teens or early 20s with blond hair.
Anyone with information that can help police make an arrest in the case is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS, or the Olympia Police Department detectives division at 360-753-8300.
Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 firstname.lastname@example.org