VIDEO: Woman takes extreme measures to stop man who snatched her purse

Posted at 11:16 PM, Sep 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-22 23:16:46-04

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, she leaped onto the roof of the thief's car to get him to stop. 

"It was in the blink of an eye. What is this guy doing in my car? What is he doing?"

The surveillance video shows he was stealing her purse, and once Janelle Della-Libera realized she was being ripped off in broad daylight on a Saturday while pumping gas, she says her instincts took her 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. 

Janelle was left lying on the ground injured but alert. 

She was left with a sprained ankle and lots of cuts and bruises. 

"He just kept cursing and calling me names in an attempt to scare me and get me off but I think I literally scared him to death which is what caused him to drive off."

After the fact, Janelle said she realized 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."