A split second before the topless thief is smashed to the ground by the woman whose purse he stole

This is the dramatic moment a pregnant woman ploughs her SUV into a 'robber' after chasing him through Walmart's parking lot - and both have been charged

Christine Braswell, 26, told police the man - identified as Robert Raines - was rummaging through her SUV picking her valuables from the vehicle in Asheville, North Carolina.

After she started chasing the man on foot, she quickly realized being five months pregnant she could not keep up the pace, so she got in her car and ran him over in footage captured on camera.

Christine Marie Braswell Robert Edward Raines

Christine Marie Braswell (left) and Robert Edward Raines (right) in Asheveille Police mugshots