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Gunman drags woman out of car, snatches purse, cops say

Shawn McFaddin and getaway driver arrested in Volusia County

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DeLAND, Fla. – Two men were arrested Wednesday in DeLand, accused of dragging a woman out of her vehicle and attempting to steal her purse at gunpoint.

The attempted robbery was reported around 9 a.m. near 336 E. New York Ave.

According to authorities, the woman said she was sitting in her vehicle outside the U.S. Post Office when a man, later identified by police as 36-year-old Shawn McFaddin, opened the door, held a gun to her side and demanded that she give him her purse.

The woman told police that McFaddin grabbed her purse and dragged her outside her vehicle, according to police. A brief struggle ensued before he let go and fled in a red pickup truck, police said.

Volusia County deputies stopped the getaway vehicle about five minutes later near Freedom Elementary School on South Blue Lake Avenue. During the stop, law enforcement officials saw a gun in plain view under the driver's seat, officials said.

McFaddin was arrested on charges of robbery by sudden snatching with a firearm and aggravated battery on a person using a deadly weapon.

The driver of the getaway vehicle, identified by police as Jayson Rowley, 35, was charged with being an accessory after the fact to robbery.

Both men were taken to the Volusia County Branch Jail.

No injuries were reported.