LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A man and two juveniles are charged in a string of robberies around Louisville. Both Louisville Metro Police and St. Matthews Police departments reported multiple strong-arm robberies by three people in a stolen car.
Diashaun Maddox, along with two juveniles, were arrested on Sunday. The names of the juveniles - one male and one female - are not being released.
One of the purse snatching victims recognized Maddox from his mugshot. Tiffany Craig said Maddox approached her on Sunday afternoon around 2 p.m. in the parking lot at Jefferson Mall.
"I was going to my car and, and before I could open the door I felt somebody go...whoosh!" Craig said.
Craig said she was at the mall to help her daughter go shopping for Oaks. She said she's been to the mall for years and nothing like this has happened to her before. Craig said she held on to her purse while Maddox tried to take it from her.
"All I kept thinking is, you ain't getting this," Craig said.
Craig was even dragged on the pavement. She suffered cuts and scrapes to her shoulder, knees and ankles. Craig said she pushed the panic button on her car key remote and Maddox took off. Nearby witnesses rushed over to help Craig and called police and got the suspects license plate number.
Reports said the suspects were on the run from police when they crashed a stolen car at Arlington Avenue and Taylor Blvd around 11:15 Sunday night.
"These individuals had been robbing individuals at several different locations throughout that day," LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell said.
Police said the trio is linked to a case in Middletown Target, and two in the Shelbyville Road Plaza parking lot. One of the victims was an older woman who injured her hip and was taken to the hospital.
Craig said knowing someone else was hurt is even more upsetting to her.
"You have to be totally aware of all of your surroundings," Craig said.
She's grateful to the people who helped her.
"I said 'thanks for taking the time, you didn't have to do that,'" Craig said. "I said 'wow there are people out there that do care.'"
Maddox admitted to being involved in the robberies, according to his arrest report. He told police he drove the vehicle used in the crimes.
When police were ready to transport Maddox to Louisville Metro Corrections, they said he grabbed a bag of money that was sealed in an evidence bag on a detective's desk and ran out of the division office.
Maddox is facing a number of charges including robbery, resisting arrest and receiving stolen property.
Police advised that if someone is trying to steal your purse, do not fight to keep it. Your safety is the main concern. Police also said giving them a good description of the suspect will help.