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Woman hit with shovel while trying to thwart Chapel Hill robbery

Posted November 5, 2010 2:49 p.m. EDT
Updated November 5, 2010 6:30 p.m. EDT

— A woman who was robbed in Chapel Hill on Friday afternoon tried to stop the thief by jumping into the back of his pickup, only to be hit with a shovel, police said.

The robbery occurred at about 12:20 p.m. outside the State Employees Credit Union at 110 S. Elliott Road, police said.

A man driving a black Chevrolet S-10 pickup grabbed a 21-year-old woman's wallet and drove off, police said. She chased after him in her car along Fordham Road and was able to get in the truck bed at a stop light on N.C. Highway 54.

The robber drove for a short distance before stopping, and he then tried to get the woman out of the pickup, police said. During the struggle, he hit the woman on the head with the back of a shovel.

He was last seen heading toward Durham on Barbee Chapel Road.

He was described as a black man in his mid 30s, 5-foot-9 and 250 pounds. He was wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a black flight jacket.

The woman, whose identity hasn't been released, was taken to UNC Hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.