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The suspect in the attempted purse theft case is shown. (Photos: Silent Witness)

Let this be a warning ladies, purse-snatchers don't stand out in a crowd and they strike in both good and bad neighborhoods.

This one happened on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at about 5:30 p.m. at 16th Street and Bethany Home Road.

Phoenix Police Sgt. Darren Burch said a 58-year-old petite woman was walking in front of the windows of the shops at a strip mall when a man came up from behind and grabbed her purse.

"But what was interesting is the way he did this," Burch said. "He walked into a store for a few seconds and, when she passed by, he came back out and approached her from behind. He grabbed her purse, she held on and he dragged her into the parking lot."

She suffered a pretty serious case of road rash and other injuries, but the guy took off without her purse. He had backed his car into a space for a quick getaway. He was driving a white Pontiac Grand Am.

To read more about this case, click here.

Jessica Vidal.

Next, help Phoenix police solve the murder of a gorgeous young woman. Jessica Vidal was 21-years-old when she was found shot to death in an alley on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012.

It was an alley near 39th Avenue and McDowell, not far from where Jessica lived with her brother and grandmother.

"We don't have any leads or clues in this case but Jessica was dating at the time and it's possible one of her suitors may have killed her," said Burch.

To read more about this case, click here.

Jayme West, Afternoon News Anchor

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