A man snatched a woman’s purse and elbowed her sister in the face before hopping in a car with two women and taking off from a CostLess Market on the corner of Creekwood Drive and Yosemite Avenue on Tuesday night.
The 24-year-old woman was coming out of the store when the suspect approached and pulled her purse away. Her sister tried to intervene, but he hit her in the face, according Sgt. Brian Findlen, spokesman for the Modesto Police Department.
The man then jumped into the back seat of the four-dour, dark sedan, which was parked in the parking lot and driven by one of the suspect women.
Findlen described the suspect as Latino or white, 5-foot-5 and 150 pounds with a shaved head.
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The woman whose purse was stolen was not believed to be injured, Findlen said.
This is the latest in a string of purse-snatchings or robberies that have garnered headlines in the last few days.
Findlen, however, says there is no information at this point to suggest that the four robberies on Saturday throughout Modesto, the two purse snatchings on Monday near 11th and K streets or Tuesday night’s are related to one another.
It’s also the latest in a string of reported crimes in the area north of Yosemite Avenue and west of Claus Road — two shootings last week near Riverside Park, one that was fatal, and three of Saturday’s four robberies.
“The suspects need to know we will take appropriate action and any enforcement action needed to solve these cases,” Findlen said. “If that means dedidating more resources to that area, it’s an option we will keep available.”
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