Elderly woman hangs on to purse in attempted snatching

By From page A3 | January 09, 2013

VACAVILLE — A teen is in custody in connection with an attempted purse snatching Monday in the Costco parking lot.

A 77-year-old woman barely hung on to her purse as she was approached from behind by the 16-year-old juvenile who allegedly tried to yank it off her arm, according to a police press release. The victim fell to the ground and was dragged a short distance while the suspect continued to try to take her purse, police said.

Store personnel and people nearby heard her cries for help and came to her aid. The suspect let go of the purse and fled, but was caught by store personnel a short distance away. He was arrested on suspicion of robbery and elder abuse and was booked into custody at Solano County juvenile hall.

The Vacaville Police Department reminds residents to always be aware of their surroundings.

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  • rich giddensJanuary 09, 2013 - 1:35 pm

    My elderly aunt had that happen to her in Charleston. My aunt left a little bit of what was left of her assailant for the police to scrape off the pavement. Don't mess with Aunt Betty or Uncle Bubba.

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