Published: Oct 11, 2011 8:02 PM EDT

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) - Police say a 73-year-old Boca Raton woman threw a cup of coffee at a man who snatched her purse in a grocery store parking lot.
    
Authorities say the woman was getting out of her car at a Publix supermarket Monday when the robber grabbed her purse.
    
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports the woman struggled with man briefly before tossing the coffee on him.
    
Police say the woman fell to the ground and the man got away with the purse.

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