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Columbus woman robbed at gas station

A Columbus woman was robbed of her purse late Wednesday night, police said.

According to a Columbus police report, the 18-year-old woman was at the Kwick Stop gas station on St. Mary's Road pumping gas into her car at around 11 p.m., when a man approached her and exposed himself to her.

She ignored him, hoping he would go away, but the man went around the pumps, approached her from behind and pulled up her dress, police said.

The woman told police that she turned to face him and raised her arms to protect herself. The man raised his fists and stated an explicative, police said.

He then snatched her purse — containing a Georgia driver's license, a military ID, a medical card, a Social Security card and $5 in cash — out of her hands and fled east on St. Mary's Road. The woman was not injured.

An employee of the gas station showed police a surveillance video, but it did not show all of the incident because of the camera angle. The employee told police that an unknown man had exposed himself to another female customer about two weeks ago.

The suspect was described as a slim man between 17 and 23 years old, standing between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 8 inches tall, with very short black hair. He was wearing a white tank top and black jeans.

The case remains under investigation.

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