NC woman accused of dragging elderly woman by car during purse snatching

Tracey Hughes, charged with assault in Thomasville purse snatching. (WFMY)

THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Thomasville Police arrested a woman in connection with the purse snatching and dragging of an 86-year-old woman.

Police say it happened just after 5 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of Kendall Mill Road. Witnesses told police the victim walked to the end of her driveway to check her mail when a black vehicle, operated by a female, stopped and asked the victim for directions.

Shortly thereafter, police say the female grabbed the victim’s purse and drove off. The strap of the purse was still around the victim’s shoulder causing her to be dragged about 60 feet. The purse strap broke and the suspect drove off with the purse. Neighbors found the victim lying on the side of the road.

After officers broadcast the suspect’s vehicle description, Officer D.Z. Gallimore located the vehicle just before 7 pm. in the 600 block of Liberty Drive.

Police arrested 36-year-old Tracy Elizabeth Hughes of 5282 Denton Road, Thomasville. She’s charged with common law robbery and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Hughes received a $100,000 secured bond and was placed in the Davidson County Jail. Her court date is scheduled for June 1 in Thomasville.

Davidson County EMS transported the victim to High Point Regional where she is currently recovering, listed in stable condition.

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