According to Sergeant Brandon Wooley of the Billings Police Department, on June 19th, 2016, at about 2:39 p.m., Officers with the Billings Police Department were dispatched to KMART, located at 2424 Central Avenue, for a disturbance with additional information there was an associated accident with injuries.
As a result of the initial investigation Officers learned the following: An
eighty two (82) year old female from Billings was walking to her vehicle when
a male suspect grabbed her purse. The female was pulled to the ground during
the theft and sustained minor injuries that did not require transport to the
A fifty one (51) year old male from Billings witnessed the suspect taking
the females purse and attempted to intervene and stop the suspect.
The suspect fled on foot to a nearby white minivan where he got into the passenger
side. During the attempt to keep the minivan from leaving, the driver drove
away and in doing so pinned the witness between the minivan and another
vehicle in the parking lot.
The fifty one (51) year old male was transported by American Medical
Response to St. Vincent’s hospital, where he was treated for serious but non-life
The suspects fled the area in the minivan. Police later located the minivan
and are actively pursuing further leads. No arrests made. The investigation is