MOUNT CARMEL — A Mount Carmel resident sustained a sprained hip and minor abrasions after being dragged several feet in a store parking lot during an attempted purse snatching Saturday afternoon.

The Mount Carmel Borough Police Department is investigating the crime that occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. at Dollar General store located at 250 S. Market St. The suspect is described by police as a white non-Hispanic male, between 5 feet 10 inches tall to six feet tall, between the ages of 25 and 35, wearing a black hoodie, black Pittsburg Steelers T-shirt and blue jeans.

The suspect was in the store for several minutes and was observed exiting the store and loitering out front before the crime was committed. The suspect was then observed taking the purse of the 57-year-old woman who was walking into the store.

The suspect drug the victim several feet in the parking lot, before fleeing south on Market Street, where he was observed entering a silver Honda or Hyundai four-door Sedan. The vehicle fled in an unknown direction of travel.

“We recovered the purse from the victim and are going to run DNA off it,” Mount Carmel Borough Police Chief Todd Owens said. “We are optimistic that we will get DNA off the purse.”

Owens said after reviewing surveillance video from inside the store, police are looking to make contact with the operator or passenger of a 1990s white Buick Century that was in front of the Dollar General Store at the time of the incident. The occupant or occupants of the vehicle are potential eye witnesses to the crime, he said.

Video footage of the suspect is also being sent to a lab in Philadelphia for enhancement.

“The biggest thing is the Pittsburg Steelers T-shirt,” Owens said. “Hopefully someone noticed the shirt and may have seen the suspect’s face.”

Anyone who may have been in the Dollar General Store parking lot or the Turkey Hill parking lot or who witnessed the incident is asked to call the Northumberland County 911 Center at 570-648-3868.

Additional photos of the suspect can be viewed on the police department’s Facebook page at