HOMESTEAD (CBS4) — The woman who was run over in during an attempted purse snatching at a Homestead gas station last week is finally recovering at home, but she said the trauma she went through continues to haunt her.
Sara Delgado, 41, said she thinks the man who tried to steal her purse at the Sunoco gas station on U.S. 1 and SW 308 Street last Monday morning followed her there. She said he even switched pumps when she did.
Homestead Police said they have not yet made an arrest in the case.
“I really am destroyed,” Sara Delgado told CBS 4’s Lauren Pastrana. “I just want this guy caught because I know exactly what he looks like. I can’t take him off my mind.”
Delgado hopes someone will recognize the man’s face from the blurry surveillance video released of the incident.
“His face, I have it in my head,” Delgado said. “I can’t let go of it.”
The surveillance video showed a man walking around a dark SUV, parked a bit too far from the pump to appear as though he actually had plans to fill his tank.
Police said the man lingered for a bit, before making his move, snatching Delgado’s purse from her front seat.
When she noticed what was happening, Delgado said she fought back.
That’s when police said the man hopped in his SUV and drove off, dragging Delgado under his 2013 Ford Escape.
Delgado, a mother of three, said she managed to reclaim her purse, but the man got away with some jewelry and cash that was supposed to be spent getting her kids ready for school.
“I’m just worried about the kids’ uniforms at this point,” Delgado said. “Being a single mother, it’s not very easy. It’s very hard.”
Delgado spent almost a week at Kendall Regional Medical Center.
She said she suffered a concussion, burns and a fractured arm.
Delgado credited the woman seen rushing to her aid with keeping her calm until paramedics arrived.
“She’s the best. She’s awesome,” Delgado said. “I don’t know what I would have done without her.”
Delgado wanted to say “thank you” to the Good Samaritan who came to her rescue.
She had an entirely different message for the man responsible.
“You can only hide for so long,” Delgado said. “Sooner or later he’s going to be caught.”
She encouraged women to keep their car doors locked and their valuables out of sight when the pumping gas.
Cops echoed a similar sentiment just hours after the crime.
“It is a common thing in South Florida and we just need to be a little bit more vigilant when pumping gas,” Homestead Police Detective Fernando Morales said last week.
Delgado said she is still in a lot of pain and is having trouble getting the medication she needs.
She hopes the case is solved soon so she can focus on her recovery.
Police said the man was driving a 2013 Ford Escape.
Delgado said the tag started with the letters J-R-M.
If you have any information, contact Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).
You can remain anonymous and can be eligible for a cash reward for information leading to an arrest.