Woman’s family grieving after robber stole her purse, ran her over in East Harris County

HOUSTON – A woman is dead after authorities say she was run over after being robbed at an east Harris County restaurant.

The victim, 71, was identified as Martha Medina. She lived not far from the McDonald’s restaurant on Uvalde where she was killed.

“We are mad about this person why would do something so horrible wheres their heart do they even have a heart,” Liliana Medina, the victim’s daughter said.

The Harris County Sherriff’s Office responded to the incident at a McDonald’s restaurant at 430 Uvalde around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, according to a tweet by Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.

The woman was run over by the suspect, authorities say as the suspect fled the scene.

“They grabbed her purse she fell toward the front of the car that was going out, and in a haste, in a hurry to get away, they ran over her,” Adrian Medina, the victim’s son, said.

“Really stealing a purse from an elderly person? Get a job,” said Sheriff Gonzalez.

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital where she died, HCSO said. She was identified as 71-year-old Martha Medina.

A McDonald’s employee who asked not to be identified said she stayed by the victims side during her final moments.

“I told her I’m going to pray for you and she said I’m grateful for that, I don’t want to die,” said the fast food employee.

Authorities say the suspect fled the scene in a dark-colored Chevrolet Impala with black rims. Authorities have briefly described the suspect as a Black male.

HCSO is urging the public to come forward with any information on the suspect or suspects.

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