Customers help foil purse snatching at Publix in Tampa

Publix managers and shoppers chased and caught a teen suspected of snatching the purse of an 80-year-old woman, Tampa police said. Store video shows a youth grabbing the purse and running as the woman held on. She grabbed her 81-year-old brother and both fell to the ground. The suspect left the store at 2427 W Hillsborough Ave. and got on a bike, but a customer dislodged him. Yoandry Perez, 17, of 4211 N Coolidge Ave. was arrested on a charge of armed robbery. Police say he had a knife in his pocket. Perez, who was supposed to have been on house arrest, was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

Customers help foil purse snatching at Publix in Tampa 06/16/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 9:58am]

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