Round Rock police capture robbers after hit-and-run

Round Rock police capture robbers after hit-and-run

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Three people in Round Rock are recovering after being run down Saturday by a SUV. Police say it all began with a coffee shop purse snatching.

A scrape on the elbow, a bruised arm and twisted ankle were minor injuries, but Karina Bulger knows very well it could have been much worse.

"I know I was very blessed, not to be more injured. I think it was just gut instinct to try to get the purse back," said Bulger.

It started with a yellow purse and what was supposed to be a relaxing stop at a Round Rock coffee shop. According to Bulger- when a woman grabbed her purse off a chair the Stony Point math teacher at first thought it was an innocent mistake.

"When she took it off, she left out of Starbucks and I told my sister I kind ‘a laughed, I said excuse me, excuse me," said Bulger.

Bulger and several customers chased the woman into the parking lot and to a SUV.

"There were three of us trying to reach inside the driver side window to grab the wallet back," said Bulger.

At that moment Bulger says the woman and a male passenger put the vehicle in gear and backed into them.

"The next thing I know I'm on the ground with another woman and looking at the shoes- we had several pairs of flip flops in the road trying to figure out how did they get here?"

A man and a woman, who tried to help were also hit and taken to the hospital. The woman's foot was broken. The man suffered chest and back injuries. Lucky is how police Detective Darin Bayles would describe it.

"It was good the Samaritans got involved and the citizens got involved to take some action to help prevent crimes like this but it is unfortunate the suspects took the action that they did," said Det. Bayles.

The two suspects are identified as Jennifer Taylor and Thomas Anthony Hutchins. The SUV they were in was reportedly stolen from a Burnet County car dealer.

"At this point it's our belief these folks have been involved in criminal, a crime spree, all across the state, I believe they came from the Odessa area," said Bayles.

Detective Bayles says the couple may have been trying to support a drug habit, and while Karina Bulger wishes the two had only asked for help - she doesn't regret the steps she took to stop them.

"No, I regret the other people getting hurt, I mean to help someone they didn't have a clue who I was … or anything … but they were willing to obviously put their lives at risk," said Bulger.

The charges filed range from Robbery to Aggravated Assault. In cases like this, police say writing down a car tag number or snapping a picture of the suspects is the good way to help while also staying out of harm's way.

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