Alleged Kroger purse snatcher arrested, facing charges

By: Mike Koury | Advertiser Times | Published March 9, 2016

 Jonathan Marc Brown

Jonathan Marc Brown

HARPER WOODS — A 28-year-old Harper Woods man has been charged in connection with multiple robberies that occurred at several Kroger grocery stores in the city.

Jonathan Marc Brown was charged with two counts of unarmed robbery for two separate incidents related to attempted purse snatchings in Kroger parking lots. He was being held on $500,000 bond and could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted. Brown waived a preliminary examination originally scheduled for March 2 in the 32A District Court. The case subsequently has moved on to the 3rd Circuit Court.

Brown was arrested after another incident in Grosse Pointe Woods, where he also is facing charges, on Jan. 19 in which he is alleged to have assaulted and robbed a woman. A witness was able to obtain a license plate number for a vehicle that the suspect had used, a 1997 Pontiac Bonneville, which led to a Harper Woods home where Brown was arrested by detectives from both Harper Woods and Grosse Pointe Woods, as well as Grosse Pointe Farms and the Arrest Car Thieves in Our Neighborhood, or ACTION, task force.

Police said they were able to identify evidence from these crimes in Brown’s home and in the Bonneville.

Brown’s charges in Harper Woods stem from a Nov. 19 incident where he is alleged to have assaulted and robbed a 78-year-old woman in the parking lot of a Kroger, taking her purse and fleeing the scene, and a Dec. 28 incident in which Brown allegedly stole a 75-year-old woman’s purse, but a female witness was able to fight with the suspect and return the purse to the victim.

Brown wasn’t charged until Feb. 17 in Harper Woods, Department of Public Safety Deputy Chief John Vorgitch said, because he was being held in the Wayne County Jail on bond.

“That gave us enough time to type up our warrants for our investigation and get him formally charged on our charges,” Vorgitch said. “If he wasn’t charged in Grosse Pointe Woods the way he was, then we probably would’ve had him charged a little bit sooner. But since he was already being held in the Wayne County Jail and he hadn’t posted bond yet ... it gave us enough time to finish conducting our investigation and get him formally charged.”

Brown’s attorney, Clifford Woodards, said they’re going to let the justice system run its course in regard to the case.