Fargo woman says she was robbed of $14k after offering someone a ride

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) There’s such a thing as Midwestern nice but for one Fargo lady being nice led to her purse getting robbed and she says she had about $14,000 in it.

“I feel so violated, I feel so violated,” Patricia Villanueva, who contacted our Whistleblower Hotline, said. “It's hard for me to think that there are such horrible people when they seem to be so nice.”

The 77-year-old said she was only trying to help someone on Friday afternoon by offering them a ride.

“My heart just melted [because] it was so hot that day. I had never meant her before. But she was just a nice so sweet young gal,” Villanueva said.

A woman was standing outside her apartment building on the 2000 block of 6th Ave S. She asked Villanueva for a ride to the Cashwise store near 13th Ave, but as they approached it she then asked to be taken elsewhere.

Villanueva said the young woman directed her to then drive to an apartment building along 16th Ave S. When she parked her vehicle, Villanueva’s was punched in the arm by the woman who then grabbed her purse and ran out the vehicle.

“I have bad knees. I have knee replacements and I tried to run as much as I could and I fell on my face on the grass,” Villanueva said sobbing. “If anybody could please help me out there. I had everything in my purse.”

In her purse Villanueva said she was carrying about $14,000. She showed us tax receipts revealing she’d just recently won the money at casinos.

“I haven't had time to get to the bank because I’ve been busy moving into a new apartment,” Villanueva said.

Villanueva reported the theft immediately to the Fargo Police Department. Another person who saw the robber fleeing also called police.

Villanueva said her medication, checkbooks, credit cards, and jewelry were also inside the purse.

“I was just trying to be a good person, a friendly person, and that’s my luck,” Villanueva said.

The robber appeared to be around 24-years-old and had long distinctive nails that were painted green.

“I'm so sorry, I was just trying to be a nice person,” she said.

On Saturday, she returned to the area where she fell and was happy to find her comb that came out during the chase.