72-year-old woman dragged by car at Walmart as thief flees with purse

A 72-year-old Pennsylvania woman was dragged by a car during a purse snatching Tuesday morning outside a Walmart in South Union Township.

The woman was in the parking lot putting bags into her car when a man approached her and asked for directions to The Home Depot, according to police. He then grabbed her purse.

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The woman's son, George Null, told WPXI TV that he is appalled by the incident and is counting his blessings that his mother survived.

“She had the purse on her shoulder, and from what she has said, he was trying to get it off. She had a tight grip on it and got knocked down and pulled away,” Null said.

Police said the suspect, 28-year-old Douglas Gettemy, of Uniontown, pulled the woman over to his car as she held onto the purse. He then started driving off, dragging the woman across the pavement until the purse strap broke.

Null’s mother was treated and released from Uniontown Hospital.

“It's hard to keep a good woman down,” Null said.

Gettemy was arrested about an hour after the incident.

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He’s facing a number of charges, including criminal attempted homicide, robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault, theft and related offenses.

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