Startling video of thief who seriously injures woman in church parking lot

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Metro police are looking for a man who seriously injured an elderly woman while snatching her purse in broad daylight.  

It happened midday Tuesday in the parking lot of Lebanon Church of Christ on Lebanon Pike.  

Video surveillance shows a man police have identified as 48-year-old Gilbert D. Ostring pull up next to a 70-year-old woman leaving a bible study. 

The suspect drove alongside the woman and inquired about nearby shelters before grabbing her purse and yanking it away, said police. 

The victim was knocked off balance in the attack and took a hard fall on to the asphalt. Police say she broke bones in her right hand and injured her face. 

An arrest warrant charging Ostring, an ex-con, with robbery has been issued.  Officers are now trying to locate him.  Ostring is still believed to be driving the Dodge truck, which bears Tennessee license number 8K76T3.   

Anyone seeing Ostring or knowing his whereabouts is urged to immediately contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.  

Ostring has multiple prior convictions out of Davidson, Williamson and Knox Counties for offenses including theft, forgery, identity theft, fraudulent use of credit cards, and reckless aggravated assault.  He got out of state prison in June 2017. 

Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward. 

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