Sarasota, Fla.(970 WFLA)-The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office arrested a man after he hit a woman with a tire iron and tried steal her purse while she was parked at a gas pump in Sarasota.

 Deputies were called to the Radiant gas station located at 5761 Bee Ridge Road just before 7:00 a.m., on Thursday, for reports of an attempted armed robbery.

 According to the victim, the suspect approached her while she was parked at a gas pump and demanded her purse. The suspect then struck her with a tire iron before fleeing southbound on Bee Ridge Road. 

Less than 20 minutes later, investigating deputies located the suspect’s car in the parking lot of Walmart on Cattlemen Road.