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Elderly woman attacked, purse snatched while leaving doctor's office

Jonathan Plaisted (Columbus Police Department) Jonathan Plaisted (Columbus Police Department)
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

A Columbus man's bond has been set at $5,000 after he allegedly snatched an elderly woman's purse.

The woman told News Leader 9 her fashion sense stopped the alleged thief from getting away with all her possessions and her medication.

Emily Spanobently lives on 40th Street in Columbus, just steps away from Horizons Diagnostic Center on Woodruff Road.

The 73-year-old likes to carry a clutch-style purse with her on the short walk she takes to her doctor's office just steps away from her home. However, after being attacked while leaving the office she says she thinks twice before heading across the street.

"I was coming out of my doctor's office across the street and I was there on the grass about to cross over  to walk home," Spanobently said.

As she was about to cross the street 30-year-old Jonathan Plaisted alleged came up on the side of her and asked if she had any spare change.

"I just [sic] said no, I don't have any. The next thing I know he came around my right shoulder and reached across and snatched my pocket book," Spanobently proclaimed.

Plaisted allegedly took off running with all her possessions leaving her screaming for help.

"At first it was so surreal I couldn't believe it happened to me" She said. "Then, when I gathered my thoughts and realized he hadn't hurt me so I just started screaming somebody stop him! Stop him! Somebody stop him!"

That's when a stranger jumped out of a  car and began to chase the alleged purse snatcher.

"I saw the guy running up over the hill over towards Saint Francis Hospital," Spanobently recalled.

A second man and a construction worker working nearby helped apprehend Plaisted until police got there.

While running away, Plaisted didn't know he was leaving a trail behind.

"Being the folder pocketbook that it was it just had one snap on it and in the process of him running he started to spill everything out of it and I guess he just threw the pocketbook down because it was all strewn over."

Still in shock about what happened to her, Spanobently said how proud she was of her community and prays for her attacker.

"I really feel sorry for the guy for whatever reason he felt the need to do that; I actually prayed for him," said Spanobently.

Plaisted is listed as homeless on the police report obtained from the Columbus Police Department.

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