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Police: Victim of attempted robbery at Walmart 'did everything right'

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If you recognize the man from the surveillance footage or have any information regarding the robbery, you are should call Tyler Police. If you recognize the man from the surveillance footage or have any information regarding the robbery, you are should call Tyler Police.
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Tyler Police are looking for the suspect in an attempted robbery incident at Walmart in Tyler on Highway 64 Tuesday night.

Police say the suspect entered Walmart, then left to follow the victim to her car.

According to police, after the suspect stopped the 60-year-old victim at her car, he attempted to steal her purse.

"His attack was basically an attempt to grab her purse from her arms, and take off," said Don Martin, Public Information Officer with Tyler Police. "However, the way she had it through her arm, she basically wasn't giving it up."

Police say the victim refused to let go of her purse, even after he threw her to the ground.

"She started screaming, and he basically threw her to the ground. He was still trying to get her purse from her," said Martin.

Police say it was the victim's screams that brought attention

"Another female came to her aid after hearing her scream, and there was so much attention being created toward their area. That's when he realized that she wasn't going to give up her purse so he took off running," said Martin.

Tyler Police describe the suspect as a black male, approximately 6 feet tall, and say he is between the ages of 35 and 40.

After running away on foot, surveillance video shows the suspect leaving the Walmart parking lot in what Tyler Police believe was a white Buick LeSabre.

Police say the suspect took off towards the Highway 64 exit.

The woman did everything right, said police, in order to keep the suspect from stealing her purse.

"She secured her purse correctly because he wasn't freely able to grab it, and take off, so she did that correct. She screamed, and brought attention to herself because she needed help. That was a good thing," said Martin.

If you recognize the man from the surveillance footage or have any information regarding the robbery, you are should call Tyler Police.

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