Woman accused of snatching 79-year-old woman's purse in Ocala arrested

Deputies: Antonette Florido approached woman in Walmart parking lot

OCALA, Fla. – A woman accused of snatching a 79-year-old woman's purse in the parking lot of an Ocala Walmart has been arrested, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies responded around 12:30 p.m. Saturday to a call about a strong armed robbery that had happened in the parking lot of the Walmart at 9570 Southwest Highway 200.

A 79-year-old woman told deputies she was putting items in the trunk of her car when the Antonette Florido, 44, approached her and suddenly grabbed her purse from her shoulder, deputies said.

Florido was able to take the purse after a short struggle. Deputies said the purse contained the victim's wallet, money, credit cards and cellphone for a total loss of $500.

The victim told deputies she chased Florido and screamed for help. Deputies said Florido attempted to get into a white car and flee the parking lot when several bystanders intervened and attempted to get Florido out of the car.

Two people were struck by Florido's vehicle when she backed up in an attempt to escape, deputies said. No one was hurt in the incident.

Florido eventually fled, but people were able to get a description and a license plate number before she fled, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Detectives obtained surveillance video from the store showing Florido filing her taxes at the Jackson Hewitt Tax Service kiosk inside the Walmart, deputies said.

The Jackson Hewitt employee told deputies that Florido left after she found out she wasn't getting any money back on her taxes, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Detectives responded to the area of Florido's home and found her nearby, cleaning out the car she used to commit the robbery, deputies said.

Florido was positively identified by the witnesses at the scene. Deputies said she was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail.

The victim's purse and cellphone were found discarded in the road near the 7700th block of Southwest Highway 484, but her credit cards and cash were not found, deputies said.

Crack cocaine and several pipes were located in Florido's purse, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said Florido was charged with robbery by sudden snatching without a weapon, two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, possession of cocaine and use or possession of drug paraphernalia. Florido's bond was set at $24,500.