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Teenage supermarket employee helps foil New Port Richey purse snatching

NEW PORT RICHEY — A man wearing a red bandana over his face and wielding a large butcher knife demanded Victoria Saylors' purse Sunday night as she left a supermarket, authorities said.

But her resistance and help from a teenage employee prevented the purse snatching.

It happened at the Sweetbay Supermarket, 6400 Massachusetts Ave.

According to police, Darrel Carpenter, 21, of 6402 Grady Ave. #6 in New Port Richey, told Saylors "to give me your purse or I will stick you."

Saylors, 52, held onto her purse as Carpenter tugged at it. The Sweetbay employee, who authorities did not name, "ran to the victim's aid," police said.

Carpenter let go of the purse and ran. He was arrested a short time later. Still in possession of the butcher knife, Carpenter confessed to the crime and said he needed money to support his drug habit, police said.

Teenage supermarket employee helps foil New Port Richey purse snatching 05/09/11 [Last modified: Monday, May 9, 2011 12:20am]

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