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Easter purse-snatching suspect arrested

April 28, 2014

A suspect wanted in connection with an Easter evening purse snatching and an attempted purse snatching has been apprehended less than a week after the crimes.

Detective Michael Narduzzi confirmed by email that the suspect was taken into custody after police — using surveillance footage from a local business that caught the man’s image — were able to track him down.

“He was arrested (the night of April 25) and confessed to both (crimes)” the morning of April 26, Narduzzi said by email.

He said the suspect is a 25-year-old Detroit man.

According to police reports, the suspect grabbed a purse from atop a bar in the 15000 block of Charlevoix around 10 p.m. April 20. Police said they were able to recover the purse, but the suspect allegedly had removed a wallet and iPhone from the purse before tossing it. Police were classifying this incident as a larceny in a building.

In the second incident, which took place nearby — in the area of Charlevoix and Wayburn — at 10:40 p.m. April 20, police said that the suspect approached a woman and her boyfriend as the couple walked eastbound on Charlevoix. Police said the suspect tried to grab the woman’s purse, but she was able to get inside her vehicle before he could make off with it. The suspect then reportedly opened the vehicle door and punched the victim in the face, but the suspect was chased off by the boyfriend. Nothing was stolen in this attempted unarmed robbery.

Given the suspect’s brazenness and the violence of the second crime, Public Safety Chief David Hiller said Crime Stoppers USA got involved, working with police on a poster featuring a surveillance image of the suspect and offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to his capture.

“We believe this person lives in the area, and the public can be helpful,” Hiller said on April 25.

However, detectives working the area were able to locate the suspect not long after the posters were issued.

At press time, Narduzzi said the suspect remained in custody in the Park and was likely to be arraigned the afternoon of April 28 in Park Municipal Court, although exact charges hadn’t been determined yet. The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office authorizes specific charges.

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