Albany woman dragged during purse snatching

ALBANY, GA - A South Albany woman is recovering after she was dragged by a car more than three blocks during a purse snatching Monday night.

Police want your help to find a man they want to question about the crime.

The victim, 28 year old Sherrell Jones, a mother of four, says at one point as she was being dragged outside the car by her arm, she thought she was going to die. Today she is in a lot of pain, and did not want us to show her face, but told us about this brutal attack.

Tuesday morning Sherrell Jones, known by everyone as "Poochie" lies on her stomach on the couch in her living room, as her family cares for her.  She has huge pieces of skin scraped off her feet, legs, and back.

Albany Police are looking for 26 year old Chase Payne as a person of interest in the robbery by force of Jones, who she thought was a friend.

Jones said "Just because you think you know someone real well, doesn't mean you do."

Just before 7 Monday night Jones says Payne phoned and asked to borrow some money. She met him at the mailbox in front of her home the 700 block of Corn Avenue, and handed him some cash, when he tried to snatch her entire purse.

Jones said "They tried to snatch my wallet. So I tried to grab my wallet back and they tied my hands up some kind of way in the seat belt. And drug me from Corn to the one way street up Madison."

That is three long blocks down the old asphalt streets of South Albany, the last block going the wrong way on a one way street, being dragged on her back and legs on the road.

Jones said "Yes, I was actually hitting it like someone on a water ski jet."

Jones was finally let loose and dropped in the middle of the road in the 700 block of South Madison, as the car sped away with her purse.

Cousin Pauline Thomas said "I thought sure she was dead. Because the way there were hollering, Poochie was laying in the middle of the road. Said you couldn't see nothing but her meat, hanging off of her. I was worried."

Jones was taken to the hospital and treated for multiple skin injuries.

Jones said "I can't walk. Both of my feets are scarred. Across my back is scarred. On the right side of my shoulder is scarred."

Jones said during her ordeal she thought Payne was not going to let her go. Today in pain, she and her family say they will be relieved when Police catch him.

Police say Chase Payne is wanted as a person of interest in the robbery by force, and was last seen driving a silver or light colored four door Dodge Neon.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Albany Police Department's Criminal Investigation Bureau at (229) 431-3288.

If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (229) 436-TIPS.

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