Chris Noel Burrington, 28, of Delhi, was arrested Monday afternoon on armed robbery charges after he allegedly tried to take a woman's purse in downtown Merced.
Merced police Sgt. Chris Goodwin said Burrington tried to wrestle a purse away from Patricia Anderson, 40, of Fairfield, at 4:06 p.m. at 18th and Canal streets and punched her in the face.
Goodwin said Burrington was spotted by officer Salvador Mejia at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and West 19th Street. Mejia held him at gunpoint until several other officers arrived.
Anderson told officer Ryan Rasmussen she was walking on the sidewalk in the 1800 block of Canal Street when she felt a tug on her purse.
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Goodwin said Anderson yelled at the man and he told her to give him the purse. She refused, so he hit her in the mouth with a closed fist while still trying to take her purse. Anderson then threw her ice cream at him and then tried to turn away.
At that time, two people came running to help. The suspect ran away. One of the witnesses drove around the area looking for the suspect and found him at the same time the officers did. Anderson identified Burrington.
Burrington was booked into Merced County Jail on a charge of attempted robbery and a parole hold. He remained jailed on a no-bail hold, a correctional official said.
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