NEWPORT NEWS-- Bystanders in a Walmart parking lot came to the rescue of a woman who was being robbed Thursday afternoon.

The incident happened around 1:00 p.m. today when a 29-year-old Newport News woman cashed a money order at the Walmart store at Harpersvile Rd. and Jefferson Ave.

Police say Markquie Harden, 29, of the 100 block of River Trace Way, in Newport News assaulted the victim as she left the store, knocked her to the ground and took her cash.

The victim called for help and a construction worker as well as several other bystanders responded and apprehended the suspect, after a brief foot chase. They held the suspect there until police arrived.

The victim sustained minor scrapes and bruises.

Police arrested Harden who remains in the Newport News City Jail on no bond.

He is charged with robbery, assault and battery and possession of marijuana which was found on him when he was arrested.

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