Sheriff's detectives asked for the public's help Tuesday to find a woman suspected of a theft in West Hollywood and then using her car to knock down the victim.
A woman entered a business in West Hollywood about 9 p.m. on March 29 and stole an employee's cellphone, phone case and credit card, according to Deputy Lisa Jansen.
She then tried to buy a computer at a Target store with the stolen credit card but the transaction was denied, Jansen said.
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The victim tracked her cellphone and found the thief standing outside the Target store next to a black Honda Accord with paper license plates and tinted windows, Jansen said. When the woman spotted the victim, she jumped into her car and tried to flee the scene.
The woman drove toward the victim and in order to avoid being run over, the victim jumped onto the hood of the car, Jansen said. The suspect then drove at a high rate of speed for several blocks in order to try and knock the victim off her car.
The victim finally fell off the car and suffered minor injuries, Jansen said. The suspect then drove off in an unknown direction.
The suspected thief was described as black, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing about 170 pounds. She was between 35 and 45 years old and wore glasses, Jansen said. She was wanted for theft and assault with a deadly weapon, authorities said.
Anyone with information on the suspect or her whereabouts was asked to call the sheriff's West Hollywood station at (310) 855-8850. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS. All tips can be made anonymously.