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Published July 17, 2013, 10:05 PM

Bystanders fight back after mugger takes pastor’s wife’s purse

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A would-be robber discovered he messed with the wrong woman when he tried to snatch her purse in Fargo.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A would-be robber discovered he messed with the wrong woman when he tried to snatch her purse in Fargo.

The woman, a local pastor's wife, fought back. And she succeeded, with the help of a few Good Samaritans.

It all happened at the Hornbacher's in Osgood Saturday morning. Pam Thompson was putting her groceries in her car trunk when a man took his chance and snatched her purse right out of the car.

It started off as a quiet morning for Pam Thompson, a trip to Hornbacher's and a cup of coffee to go. But as she loaded her groceries into the trunk, she noticed a strange man coming her way.

Pam Thompson, Mugging Victim: "He reached into my car and came out with my purse. I just reacted."

With her phone, credit cards, and $200 cash inside, she wasn't going to let him go that easily. She took off after him through the parking lot.

Thompson: "I grabbed the back of his shirt and started screaming 'Give me my purse back!’"

After a struggle and a few choice words she admits may have been shocking coming from a pastor's wife, he threw her off. Just as she thought all was lost, two women jogging by sprang into action. And as his getaway car pulled up, a third woman drove up, blocking his path.

Thompson: "One of the women looked him in the eye and just said, ‘You have to drop the purse.’ And he did, and took off."

Thompson says she thinks the man expected an easy target and was surprised when she fought back. But she gives credit to the other three women who came to her rescue.

Thompson: "They were great for stepping up to help. They're the real heroes in this story."

Thompson says the man did not appear armed but just in case police suggest to not fight back and put yourself at risk. But again, Thompson says she just reacted and thanks the other women for stepping up to help.

Police are investigating the robbery. They're looking at surveillance video from Hornbacher's and one of the women wrote down the license plate number of the getaway car.

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