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03/17/08 - Tyler

14 Year Old Purse Snatcher Chased Down, Arrested

A purse snatcher at an East Texas shopping center was chased down this morning and eventually caught by police.

It happened around 9 o'clock this morning at the French Quarter Shopping Center in Tyler.

A short time later, police arrested a 14 year old Hubbard Middle School student and recovered the purse. 

Denise Carter says she was sitting inside Texas Optical Center this morning waiting for her appointment when the teenager ran inside, grabbed her purse and then took off through the parking lot.

"I was just sitting there minding my own business, you know everyday routine, just thinking about things I had to do at work today and all of a sudden you think about how your life can change when your purse disappears."

A maintenance worker, David Ray, who was nearby heard her screaming and began chasing the suspect.

"When we got around the building he jumped the fence. Once he jumped the fence, I jumped the fence and he threw her purse in the trash can, and he basically out ran me," says Ray.

Before the purse snatching, police say several police saw the teenager canvassing the area.

The teen has been charged felony theft.

Cathryn Khalil, reporting. ckhalil@kltv.com

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