Woman Shoots Robber Twice as He Attempts to Steal Her Purse Through Car Window, Police Say

By Isabel van Brugen
Isabel van Brugen
Isabel van Brugen
Isabel van Brugen is an award-winning journalist. She holds a master's in newspaper journalism from City, University of London.
September 4, 2019Updated: September 4, 2019

A woman shot a man who attempted so steal her purse through the passenger window of her car in Texas, police said.

Lachelle Hudgins was sitting in her car at a parking lot near her home in Houston at around 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 3 when she was approached by several men, one of whom tried to rob her, according to police.

J.A. Miller, an officer with the Houston Police Department Robbery Division, said a man tried to steal Hudgin’s purse through her vehicle’s partially opened window, reported the Houston Chronicle.

“I couldn’t do anything except scream. At one point, they told me to stop screaming, and he reached his hand inside my car,” Hudgins told ABC 13.

After a brief struggle, Hudgins was able to take a handgun from her purse and shot the robber twice, Miller said.

“It was all I had in my gun. I shot until I couldn’t shoot anymore,” Hudgins told the news outlet. “I saved my life.”

The suspect and the other men quickly fled the scene. Shortly later police were alerted to a man with gunshot wounds 100 yards away, Miller said.

He continued that the suspect underwent surgery but is expected to recover and faces charges of aggravated robbery.

Hudgins will not be charged at this time, he added.

Man Pulls Out Gun After Shop Runs Out of Sandwich

In a separate incident in Houston this week, police are investigating after a man pulled out a gun and tried to enter a Popeyes Chicken restaurant in Houston, reportedly demanding the fast-food chain’s famed chicken sandwich that was recently sold out.

“Male pulled a gun on employees of restaurant after they ran out of chicken sandwich,” Houston Police announced on Twitter late Sept. 2.

Employees said that a group of six—three men, two women, and a baby—were informed at the drive-thru that the restaurant’s chicken sandwiches were sold out, according to ABC7. This was when one man decided to pull out a gun.

Houston Police said the incident happened around 8:45 p.m. at the Popeyes on the corner of Scott St. and Corder St., according to Fox 26. When the gun was pulled out, the employees ran out the back.

News station ABC13 was informed by the employees that the group tried to get inside the restaurant, but an employee managed to lock them out.

No one was injured and the group left the scene in a blue Tahoe, Fox 26 reported.

Epoch Times reporter Mimi Nguyen Ly contributed to this report.