A Chesterfield Township woman was robbed and threatened Thursday afternoon in the Kohl's parking lot at Gratiot and 23 Mile, police said Friday.
The 55-year-old shopper was placing merchandise in her car around 12:25 p.m. when a man approached her from behind, grabbed her arm and threatened to kill her if she didn't hand over her purse. He told her that he would "shoot her if she screamed," according to township Detective Sgt. Deron Myers.
The robber did not show a weapon, but alluded to one by keeping his hand in his pocket. The woman gave him her purse and fled on foot toward the old Kmart store that now houses Spirit Halloween. Patrol officers and detectives immediately covered the area to search for the suspect, but he was not found, Myers said.
Later that evening, the victim reported to police that another man and a woman came to her house to return her purse. They told her they found it abandoned and brought it back to the address on her identification. They did not offer personal information while returning the purse, but detectives would like to speak to them in case they can provide information that would assist their investigation.
The suspect is described as a black male, between 40 to 45 years old, 5”10, 195 pounds, clean shaven with glasses. He wore a tan Carhartt jacket with a black hood pulled over his head, police said.
Anyone with information is urged to call the Chesterfield Township Police Department at 586-949-2322 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK-UP. Keep up with this story and others by following us on Facebook and sign up for our free newsletter for news in your inbox.