NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man was arrested late Saturday night after reportedly trying to rob a woman of her purse in a Madison Walmart parking lot.
According to an affidavit, Kenny Morris confronted the woman, 50-year-old Gloria McCoy, and demanded her purse as she was getting into her vehicle at the store on Gallatin Pike, just north of Old Hickory Boulevard.
He tried to take the purse from her, but McCoy fought back, scratching his arm, the report stated.
“He came over to me and he said give me that f****** purse,” McCoy said.
A disabled veteran, McCoy told News 2 the suspect “picked the wrong person.”
“I had a death grip [on my purse],” she recalled. “I was not letting go of it.”
McCoy said she and Morris wound up in a tug-of-war and that she was dragged across the parking lot.
“As he was pulling me, we were going back and forth and I kept scratching [him], trying to get him to let it go. He wasn’t letting go,” she said. “He told me, he said, ‘I’ll kill you.’ I said, ‘Yeah, right. If you were going to, you’d have done it by now.’”
The struggle ended when McCoy’s purse straps snapped.
Morris, 31, then took off on foot, but a witness contacted police and provided a description and told officers which direction he ran.
Officers found Morris trying to hide in a nearby alleyway. Police said they told him to stop, but he jumped a fence into a wooded area.
He was pursued for a short time before being taken into custody.
McCoy was able to identify Morris, and according to an affidavit, Morris implicated himself in the attempted robbery.
McCoy told News 2 she fought to keep her purse because it contained many of her medications.
“If he had gotten away with that, it would have been a big hassle to try to get more and I couldn’t let him have that,” she explained.
According to a police report, Morris was out on parole for an aggravated burglary. Court records show he has previous convictions for aggravated burglary, theft and criminal trespassing.
He was charged with attempted robbery and evading arrest and his bond was set at $110,000.