DALLAS -- Ingrid Herrera was doing some last minute shopping at a grocery store in South Dallas. She was picking up food for holiday meals with her three little girls when a robber attacked her.
“I was just about to open the back door of my car and that's when I felt somebody hit me and try to take it off my arm but he couldn't so he was just dragging me across the floor," said Herra.
Her three daughters watched in fear, thinking the worst.
“I was scared and I thought he was taking away my sister too," said Carla, Herra’s daughter.
Herra said she never saw the man coming but unfortunately one of her daughter's did. She said the man held a finger to his mouth and gestured to the little girl to be quiet.
The little girls screamed as they watched the attack. Herra has scrapes and bruises from being dragged and said she shouldn't have fought for the purse but she just reacted.
"At the same time I thought about it and I thought I should just give up and give them my purse but I thought no it's mine so I started pulling back," she said.
Police believe a second woman was attacked and dragged a short time later also for her purse by the same suspects. Police stress women should not fight back.
Property is not important,” said Sr. Cpl. Gerardo Monreal, Dallas police spokesperson. “Your life your well being is more important so if someone wants to take something just hand it over no reason to fight for that."
For the last couple of weeks Dallas police have been adding extra patrols and undercover officers in parking lots and malls. And they'll add more these last couple of shopping days before Christmas.
That is something Ingrid Herrera welcomes.