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Pregnant woman dragged after robber snatches purse in Waikiki

HONOLULU (KHON2) - Honolulu police have opened a robbery investigation after a pregnant woman fell victim to purse-snatching in Waikiki. 

The incident happened around 10:30 a.m. Friday, outside of the Waikiki Aquarium. 

Sources say the pregnant victim was with her daughter when a man believed to be in his late 20's snatched her purse.

According to emergency officials, the 35-year-old woman tried to hold on to her purse and was dragged. She suffered cuts to her knees, arms, and feet. Sources say told the suspect drove off in a white sedan. 

Cathy Kahoohanohano was leaving the Waikiki Aquarium with her niece and grand-nephew when she noticed something unusual. 

"Just as we got out the front door, we saw about 5 police officers walking towards a woman. An ambulance had just pulled into the aquarium driveway. I heard the female give a description: local male, 5'7 to 5'8." 

Kahoohanohano said the woman's feet were bloodied. 

"Her feet were just scraped, bloody. I didn't notice blood anywhere else. My niece said to me, 'Oh Aunty, I hope they didn't try to steal her bag.' She must have been dragged. That was awful to think that happened to her." 

"It's terrible. It's incomprehensible to me that someone would do that to a pregnant woman - or anybody, in Waikiki. I don't know how to express my disgust with these people," said Waikiki Neighborhood Board chair Bob Finley. 

While property crime in Waikiki is common, Finley says a purse-snatching in broad daylight isn't. 

He says the board is committed to keeping Waikiki safe. 

"The new chief, Susan Ballard, seems to take a great interest in Waikiki. We had a safety conference where she and her staff, VASH, and federal agencies got together and are working on a plan to interact with each other to prevent stuff like this. But I guess you can't have a cop on every block."

Anyone with information is asked to call Honolulu Police, at 529-3111. 

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