Man hides in car, robs shopper of purse

Staff writerFebruary 26, 2014 

Tacoma police are asking for help identifying a man who hid in the back seat of a woman’s car to rob her.

The incident happened Feb. 13 in the Safeway parking lot at 1624 72nd St. E. The man approached a woman and asked her for a light and then hid in the back seat of her car while she went into the store, police spokeswoman Loretta Cool said Tuesday.

After the woman returned to her car and was driving on Portland Avenue, the man climbed into the front seat and snatched her purse. The woman’s screams startled him enough that he ran from the car toward Champions Centre church.

Cool said the man likely lives near 72nd Street East and Portland Avenue and uses public transportation. He might have been carrying a bag of clothing during the robbery.

He is described as black, 20 to 30 years old and 6 feet tall with a slender build.

He was wearing a black jacket with a hood, a black skull cap or doo-rag, long gray shirt, black nylon sweat pants with a thin stripe and white running shoes with either blue or green trim. He wore a watch on his right wrist and carried a cigarette.

Anyone with information on the robbery or the man’s identity was asked to call police at 253-591-5968.

Stacia Glenn: 253-597-8653 stacia.glenn@

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