GREENVILLE – A Greenville woman was beaten, her purse and cell phone stolen and she was left in an empty parking lot in Hempfield Township, police said, adding warrants have been issued for two people from Crawford County.

At 5 a.m. Monday, a woman with torn clothes, a bruised eye and deep scratches on her neck flagged down a Greenville-West Salem Township patrolman in the parking lot of a Main Street convenience store in the borough, police said.

The woman said Mathew P. Molke, 27, of Conneaut Lake and Bethann M. Staggs, 31, of Atlantic picked her up at her Greenville home. As they traveled east on Hadley Road near Sixth Avenue in Hempfield Township, Molke asked her for gas money and she gave him $4, police said. 

Molke, who was driving, pulled into the Hempfield Volunteer Fire Department lot on Sixth Avenue at about 2:25 a.m., got out of the car and pulled the victim out, hitting her in the face, police said.

Staggs was yelling, “Get the money, get the money,” while Molke tried to pull the purse from her, police said. Staggs then got out of the car and began hitting the woman in the back, neck and head, police said.

Molke finally wrestled the purse away from her, while Staggs continued hitting her, police said. The pair then left the victim lying on the ground and took off in the 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse, police said. The victim flagged down a motorist who took her to the convenience store, police said.

She was treated at a local hospital for a broken finger, a bruised shoulder and torn ligaments in her neck and back, police said.

A warrant for Molke’s arrest lists his charges as aggravated assault, robbery and theft; Staggs faces charges of simple and aggravated assault and robbery. 

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Melissa has been a news reporter for The Herald since 2013, covering breaking news, northern Mercer County, Sharon City schools and education. She is a 1992 graduate of Youngstown State University with a Bachelor of Arts in communications.