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Clearwater man arrested, accused of snatching elderly woman's purse

DUNEDIN — A Clearwater man was arrested a day after he snatched an 82-year-old woman's purse in a store parking lot, authorities say.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, 45-year-old Lorenzo Hudson grabbed the purse outside Beall's Outlet Store, 914 Patricia Ave., about noon Tuesday.

The woman, Marilyn Dombrowski of Oldsmar, told deputies she was walking toward the front of the store when a man in a blue vehicle started backing up towards her. The man got out of the driver's side door and grabbed her purse, then jumped back into the vehicle and sped away, deputies said.

Witnesses gave deputies a license plate number that matched a 2008 blue Hyundai that had recently been reported stolen from Clearwater Beach.

Sheriff's detectives were able to identify Hudson as a suspect and learned he might be staying at the Casa Linda Motel at 1770 N Fort Harrison Blvd. in Clearwater. It was not clear Thursday how deputies identified Hudson as a person of interest in the case.

Detectives asked Clearwater police to check the motel. When they did, officers found the stolen vehicle in the parking lot, the Sheriff's Office said.

Hudson was arrested about noon Wednesday at the motel. He had Dombrowski's wallet and credit cards, deputies said.

Dombrowski received minor injuries, but is expected to recover.

Hudson, who uses more than 20 aliases, including Lorenzo Miguel Hosley, was charged with robbery by sudden snatching, grand theft auto and possession of drug paraphernalia.

On Thursday afternoon, he was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $10,500 bail.

Hudson has a lengthy arrest record going back to 1987 in Florida, much of it in the Miami area. In 2002, he was sentenced to a year in prison on two grand theft auto charges, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

In Pinellas County, he has been convicted of battery, grand theft auto and petty theft, court records show.

Clearwater man arrested, accused of snatching elderly woman's purse 09/02/10 [Last modified: Thursday, September 2, 2010 8:07pm]
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