Purse snatching suspect jailed ahead of hearings

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published March 8, 2016

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WARREN — A Warren man accused of assaulting an 88-year-old resident and stealing her purse at a local market remained jailed with bail set at $250,000 March 8 ahead of his next appearance before a 37th District Court judge.

Steven Boyd, 44, was arrested by officers assigned to the Warren Police Department’s Special Operations Unit on Feb. 26, just hours after he allegedly injured a senior citizen during a strong-arm robbery at the Oak Ridge Market on Ryan, south of 11 Mile Road.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills said the robbery took place at 12:20 p.m. Boyd allegedly zeroed in on the woman, who was reportedly alone, and was captured on video approaching the elderly resident and forcibly taking her purse. The woman reportedly suffered a hip injury in the encounter.

“He marked her,” Mills said, adding that several people at the store chased Boyd into the parking lot where he left in a blue minivan with a license plate that had been partially covered by a plastic bag.

Police later tracked the vehicle to an address on Bonning, near 10 Mile and Ryan. After initiating surveillance outside of the home, officers stopped the vehicle when it eventually pulled away from the house and questioned the driver. Boyd, who was reportedly still at the home, was taken into custody. The clothing he allegedly used in the robbery was seized as evidence.

“Our seniors are important, so we pulled out all the stops to find this guy,” Mills said. “He’s a menace.”

Boyd was arraigned on Feb. 29 and changed with strong-arm robbery, aggravated assault and assault and battery. He faces up to 15 years in jail. 

A probable cause conference was scheduled to take place on March 10 ahead of a preliminary examination before Judge John Chmura on March 17. Boyd requested a court-appointed attorney, according to court records. 

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