Florida woman leaps on thief’s car after purse snatching

DANIA BEACH, Fla. — A Florida woman is speaking out about a dangerous encounter she had with a purse snatcher at a gas station.

Determined to get her purse back, she leaped onto the roof of the thief’s car to get him to stop.

Janelle Della-Libera realized she was being ripped off in broad daylight on a Saturday afternoon while pumping gas. She said her instincts took over.

“I ran around to his side of the car and got on the car in the attempt hoping that he wouldn’t drive off. I reached into the driver side. I had my hand on my hand bag and at that point he drove off. So I fell off of the vehicle. When I fell on the floor my legs were out and his driver side tire drove over my foot,” she said.

Della-Libera was left lying on the ground, injured but alert. After the fact, Della-Libera realizes she should not have fought back.

“He could have killed me. What if he had a gun? What if he would have been more vicious? What if my daughter was in the car? I mean the scenario could have played out so much worse,” she said.