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Las Vegas woman says purse snatchers followed her home

Posted at 11:44 PM, Mar 31, 2017

A warning for women across the Las Vegas valley went viral on Facebook after a woman says she was followed home by two men who tried to steal her purse.

Sarah Poirier says she was excited for a barbecue on her day off Sunday. She went to a liquor store near Rainbow Boulevard and Wigwam Avenue. She says she felt as though she was being watched.

"I had a $1,400 Louis Vuitton bag, and I think that's what they wanted," she says. 

Poirier says she didn't think much of it after they took off in the parking lot.

But then, Poirier noticed the men followed her several miles all the way home.

When she was unloading her groceries from her car, she says one of the men snatched her purse from on top of her car.

Poirier yelled for help, and luckily a military veteran happened to be nearby.  

Paul McHugh saw the guy running with the purse toward him, so he tackled him and grabbed him by the neck.

"He looked more scared that I was," McHugh says.

He says he wasn't sure if the man had a gun so he let him go since the purse was already returned.

But before the man ran off, Poirier snapped a photo of the license plate of what she says was the getaway car. The picture is going viral as a warning for women around Las Vegas.