Police look for purse snatching suspect; retired cop victim at Detroit credit union

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit Police say a suspect is on the loose after a purse snatching early Friday morning.

The victim was a retired cop, leaving her credit union on the city's east side.

Shortly after 8:30 a.m. several shots were heard outside the credit union at Lappin and Gratiot. That's when credit union customer and retired police officer, Tamara Chatmon was advised to be careful when she left.

"Today when I walked into the bank, they had told me there were some things going on that I needed to be careful," said Chatmon.

Detroit Police say Chatmon was leaving the ATM when she was grabbed by a bearded man in his mid-twenties. He was after her purse and fired several shots from his automatic handgun, shattering the window of a parked car.

"You can't even cash your check, be a good tax paying citizen here now days."

A lifelong resident of the east side, Tamara Chatmon wants additional security guards at her credit union. In the meantime, she's taking her own precautions.

"Usually I don't carry my purse at all. If there's some business I need to take care of, I just take my ID and the things I need and put them in my pocket," explained Chatmon. 

Police are looking for the suspect in a grey or silver Grand Marquis.

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