ST. GEORGE, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say a couple wanted for robbing a Lowcountry woman in St. George is also wanted for robbing another woman in Georgia who died after one of the suspects ran her over.
The Covington Police Department says the latest incident happened in Covington on Monday at a Walmart on Industrial Boulevard.
According to police, at 7:45 p.m., a woman was walking to her car, and when she got to her vehicle a male suspect approached her and snatched her purse.
"This resulted into a struggle causing the female to fall to the ground," CPD officials say. "The male then got into his vehicle which was parked next to the victim's vehicle and attempted to leave."
Investigators say before the suspect left, he ran over the victim "multiple times causing traumatic injuries to her." The victim was transported to the hospital and died a short while later.
The victim was identified as 65-year-old Marsha Johnson, according to a report by WGCL.
The suspects took a white or tan purse from the victim, according to CPD investigators.
Authorities say a female subject who was spotted in the suspect's car at the time is the same woman who robbed a 75-year-old woman in St. George last Tuesday outside a Family Dollar Store; the male suspect is believed to be the getaway driver in that incident.
CPD officials describe the male suspect as a white or Hispanic male, 5'10", 250 to 300 pounds with a black goatee, and wearing jeans, a dark hoodie and white tennis shoes.
The suspects' car is described as a late 90s to early 2000 model Honda Accord 4-door, silver/grey in color with plastic/stock wheel covers and a light colored tint.
Authorities say there is extensive damage to the vehicle's driver side with possible blue paint transfer.
Investigators report that the same car was seen at the armed robbery at St. George. The victim in that robbery was walking toward the store when the female suspect approached, put what looked like a silver handgun to the victim's head and grabbed her purse.
As she struggled with the suspected robber, the victim heard a click against her head, sounding like the suspect pulled the trigger. The gun did not fire, the news release states.
Video showed the victim continuing to struggle with the suspect.
"I was not going to let that woman get my purse," the victim told authorities.
The strap on the victim's purse broke as she fell to the ground and the suspect ran off, entering a vehicle driven by a man. Police discovered the woman's credit card was used 30 minutes later at a Walmart in Walterboro.
Police say they have some leads, but anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 843-554-1111.