Woman hit over the head, robbed at mall

Woman hit over the head, robbed at mall
Police say the suspect's vehicle may be similar to this one.

TIGARD, Ore. – A 53-year-old mall employee who was walking home Monday was caught by surprise when a man attacked her, knocked her to the ground and then took off with her purse.

The man came up from behind her and hit her on the head with some kind of object, leaving her with stitches.

Police say the woman works at Washington Square Mall in one of the smaller shops.

She was walking from the Macy’s parking lot toward Wells Fargo after 9 p.m. when the man came out of nowhere.

According to the mall property manager, it was an unfortunate and isolated event.

Shoppers and employees can get mall security to escort them out of the mall if they ever feel uncomfortable.

Police say a witness may have seen a tan car leaving the mall that was similar to a mid-1990s Honda Accord. Mall surveillance video showed the car may have a lot of damage to the rear passenger-side door, police said, adding there may be other suspects involved.

Police are reminding folks to use the buddy system, be aware of their surroundings, change routes if they feel concerned and of course call police.