Purse snatcher’s plans foiled after police chase

Mug shot of Andrew Nichols provided by the Allen County Sheriff's Department.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A woman walking out of a gas station Tuesday foiled the plans of an armed man who was trying to get away with her purse. The man was eventually arrested but not before a police chase in another part of town.

As the woman went to her vehicle at the BP station at Coldwater Road and Washington Center, in the northern area of the city, she noticed the man getting out of her car, carrying her purse.

When she went to get her purse back, she was hit in the head with his gun. Witnesses said the man pointed the handgun at them before he got in a car and headed south on Coldwater Road.

Police were called to investigate the robbery around 7:45 a.m. Officers arrived and began speaking to the victim and a witness. She was suffering from a minor injury to her head she got when robber hit her.

A gold Cadillac matching the description of the car at the attempted armed robbery was spotted downtown and a chase followed. Several squad cars trailed the sedan during the city’s rush hour.

Police finally pulled over the Cadillac at Clinton and Baker streets downtown, across from the main U.S. Post Office, just after 8 a.m. The gun possibly used in the incident was thrown from the vehicle near where police pulled it over. While police took a man in a red shirt into custody, the gun laid on the sidewalk some 20 feet from the Cadillac.

Police arrested Andrew B. Nichols, 44. He faces armed robbery and criminal recklessness charges.

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