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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- An unidentified suspect allegedly snatched a purse from a woman Monday as she was walking in the parking lot of Raider’s Ridge Apartments -- all while a group of men stood by and watched the incident unfold.

The woman told officers moments after she exited her vehicle, a suspect demanded that she hand over her purse. When she screamed, the suspect pushed her down to the ground and grabbed her purse after she dropped it during the brief scuffle, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department incident report.

Meanwhile, at least five men waited and watched as the suspect attacked the woman. As such, detectives are trying to determine whether the men were involved in the incident, which occurred at about 7:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Wenlon Drive.

The suspect then fled the scene on foot toward a nearby trailer park. The robbery suspect is described as a thin black male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, who appeared to be in his early 20s. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a red bandana and grey hooded sweatshirt.

The other men are described as black males who appeared to be about the same age as the suspect. The woman also noted that one of the bystanders had short dreadlocks.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 615-893-7867. All callers will remain anonymous.

Pistol stolen during car burglary

A handgun and box of ammunition were reportedly stolen during a recent car burglary in the 800 block of Bradford Place in Murfreesboro.

The incident occurred Jan. 29 some time after 1:30 p.m. while the car was parked in a driveway in front of the house, located off Alexander Boulevard near Dejarnette Lane.

The man told Murfreesboro police that an unknown number of suspects broke into the center console of his vehicle, which was locked, and stole a Ruger LC9 pistol, seven rounds of magazines, a box of ammunition and holster, according to an incident report.

In total, the items are estimated to be worth nearly $625, of which the handgun is valued at more than $500.

Police attempted to locate any witnesses and a possible suspect but were unable to do so during the initial investigation.

As of Wednesday, no one had been arrested or charged in connection with the burglary, and the matter remains under investigation.

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