POLICE CONFIRM ATTACK, SAY SHE WAS “TEXTING” AND UNAWARE OF APPROACHING ASSAILANTS
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The woman attacked at Boca Raton Town Center Mall on Saturday was apparently texting — and unware of her surroundings — when a car approached with someone inside who pulled her purse and pushed her to the ground.
Julie Ganz-Hauser of Delray Beach took to social media to announce that she was attacked but never wrote that she was oblivious to what was happening around her as she walked out of Saks — eyes on her phone and not on an approaching vehicle.
The Boca Raton Police Department confirmed the attack to BocaNewsNow.com on Sunday, then issued this statement on Monday: “Boca Raton Police detectives are investigating a strong-arm robbery that occurred outside of Sak’s Fifth Avenue at Town Center Mall, on Saturday April 30, 2022. Shortly after 6:30 pm, the victim exited Sak’s Fifth Avenue, and walked towards her car in the south parking lot. As she was crossing the roadway in front of Sak’s and texting, someone in a passing car grabbed her purse.
Her purse was cross shoulder, and the force pulled the victim against the car then onto the ground. The victim released the purse, and the suspects fled the area. The victim sustained minor injuries. Other witnesses in the area collaborated the victim’s story. The suspect vehicle is described as an older model black Nissan Maxima. Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Scott Hanley at 561-338-1344.”
The victim wrote this on Facebook in a dramatic post on Sunday:
“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!”
“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.”
Ms. Ganz-Hauser, 50, did not respond to a request for information from BocaNewsNow.com.
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