Tuesday marks a happy ending to a horrific beginning for an Antioch woman who was dragged through a parking lot a month ago.
Christina Shinlever’s purse was stolen out of her car at a Smyrna gas station, but she jumped onto the suspects’ car as they made their get-away.
Shinlever was left with cuts and bruises, but also a broken heart. Inside her purse were priceless family keepsakes, including her grandfather’s marine pocket watch and her disabled son’s first steps captured on video.
A News 2 viewer recognized one of the men from surveillance photos which led to the arrest of Christopher Gonzales. He ultimately turned himself in, and has since been released from jail on bond.
Police confirmed to News 2 that the second man shown in surveillance footage, Aaron Moss, was arrested in Memphis.
Moss is now being held at the Rutherford County jail on $13,000 bond.
The best part of the arrests, however, is that Shinlever’s purse was returned along with the items she cherished.
“I took care of my grandfather for the last 10 months of his life. He became one of my best friends,” she said. “It’s like a breath of fresh air, pretty amazing that we got it back.”
And to the viewer who recognized Gonzales, Shinlever is extremely grateful.
“Bless your heart. Bless you,” she said. “Thanks for getting the memories back. Thank you for helping us solve this crime, and hopefully they won’t do it to anyone else.”
Both Gonzales and Moss are due in court for arraignment on August 5.
- June 26, 2014: Antioch mother dragged by car after thieves steal purse