Boca Raton Town Center Mall

Woman Claims Assault At Boca Raton Town Center Mall

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But References “Sheriff’s” Office, Not Boca Raton Police Which Handles The Mall.

Boca PD Confirms Incident But Not Asking For Assistance Locating Suspects As Of Mid-Day Sunday.

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Boca Raton Town Center Mall. (Courtesy: Simon Property Group).

BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

UPDATE: Monday, May 2, 2022 at 11:55 a.m. — Read the latest.

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A woman took to social media Sunday to claim a “vicious” assault at Boca Raton Town Center Mall. Boca Raton Police officials confirm the report, but as of mid-day Sunday, detectives had not requested public assistance in locating suspects. There was no ”alert” broadcast by the City of Boca Raton’s new ”Civic Ready” system which routinely broadcasts alerts when a crime of note takes place.

The alleged victim also mentioned the “Sheriff’s Office,” even though the mall is serviced by the Boca Raton Police Department. It is not in the jurisdiction of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman — self-identified as Delray Beach resident Julie Ganz-Hauser — wrote this on Facebook in a post getting significant attention on Sunday. We are using the exact grammar that she used.

“Yesterday, I was viciously assaulted, hit by a vehicle and mugged crossing the street to my car in broad daylight. The assailants grabbed my purse (which I was wearing crossbody) and while they were in a moving car and pulled me to the ground dragging me across the pavement at high speed. I’m lucky to be alive. I didn’t know it was a mugging until I came to and realized my purse was gone. I thought I had just been hit by a vehicle as everything happened so fast!”

She continues in the Facebook post generating fear across Boca Raton:

“The injuries will heal. Material things can be replaced… life cannot. I implore everyone to please valet at the mall or at the very least never EVER go there ALONE. I hope they catch the MF*s who ran me down. Grateful for the detectives, sheriff’s department and my amazing village of family and friends who were there to surround me last night with support and help tend to my wounds. I’m blessed..completely f**king traumatized…but thank g*d still here to tell the tale. Please take care of you and yours, sad to say there are some completely heinous people in the world.”

She signs the post: “Xoxo Jewels,” and adds, “P.S. Online shopping for this chick moving forward. I’m not a quitter.”

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A Boca Raton Police official mid-day Sunday issued this statement to BocaNewsNow.com: ”We responded to a strong-arm robbery. A woman was walking to her car in the south parking lot from Saks. As a car passed her they reached out and grabbed her purse which was on her shoulder.  As they grabbed the purse the motion made her bang into car and fall to the ground. Her purse came off and the suspects got away with it. This is under investigation.” The police department as of mid-day Sunday had not requested public assistance in locating the vehicle or identifying the alleged perpetrators. It was not immediately clear if the alleged attack was caught on camera by the Mall’s substantial surveillance system.

Julie Ganz-Hauser, the self-identified victim, had not responded to a request for information from BocaNewsNow.com as of noon on Sunday.

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Paul Saperstein

 

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